Ken Chou, an old classmate of mine at Ryerson University's Image Arts Photography Program asked me to photograph his wedding last month. Ken is a very talented wedding photographer in Toronto. I was super excited he called me up! The ceremony took place at the Colborne Lodge in High Park and then it was on to the Drake Hotel for the reception. There were oysters, lobster, and tiny delicious cupcakes. All in all, a pretty dope affair and I was honoured to be there!
Congratulations Ken and Tara Lee!
Viara spied them in our perpetual hang out/spy spot, Coffeeco on Market Square. I was walking to meet her, receiving texts like “Damn, totally cute couple at Coffeeco,” and “slowly drinking their coffees.” They caught her eye right away… with good reason.
I power walked down King with nothing on me but an ancient Nikon film camera purchased at a flea market in Busan, South Korea. This thing has been on a shelf in my apartment for five years, gathering dust. On a whim I decided to take it out for the day, only to find later that the light meter was… shall we say, quirky?
Film is as controllable and knowable as any digital camera, but sometimes, because of mechanical failure or whatever, you just don’t know what you’re going to get.
What better way to capture Quirky Love that with a Quirky camera?
Mira and Joakim had left the building. Or were in the process of leaving the building. As we waited on the sidewalk for them to make their way out of the coffee shop, we debated whether they were the ones. Viara already knew the answer. And then she chased them down the street. Like, flat out running. Not the first time this has happened. They're from Sweden, he's doing a degree in Commerce, on exchange at Queen's. After some comfortable chatting while we took a few pictures, they turned on the heat.
Not bad for a Wednesday afternoon.
It’s an unusually hot late September midday.
The Quirky Love team is out and about, and we end up at Springer Square Market. We pass by giant heads of succulent Savoy cabbage, plus stalls of the season’s last fresh produce, and then we sit at the bench next to the fountain spray. We watch a little girl as she jumps off the high stair to the ground, arms open, small skirt billowing.
We’re looking with our intuitive eye for couples in love. We’ve been honing that eye for months now. This is our ninth pop-up. We’re looking for real love as usual.
And it smacks us in the face. Right next to the fountain, under an awning extending from an old red Dodge van with a farm license plate and a faded hint of an inscription on the front hood that reads ‘RESCUE’ backwards, stands our couple. They are hugging and smooching, managing to get lost in each other’s eyes. Yet she immediately tends to each customer that stops to look at the jars of bright yellow honey, or the vivid fresh-cut flowers on display.
Our latest pop-up couple is here as merchants at the market. Well, she’s here because of her family farm, and he’s here for her. Selling honey and flowers and all things sweet and beautiful.
They’re even sweeter up close. She’s totally shy, and he’s game for a few photos if only to make her feel at ease with us being in their faces. She clings to his side – and you’d think it’s because of the cameras – but we saw them even before they saw us, and they were doing the same thing. After four years together, these two are still so in love that it makes your heart beat faster.
So, if you spot them there next time, stop by to say hello, or buy a honey jar, or simply sit by the fountain and watch and learn about real love.
Liz & Viara
We want *real* love, raw, & unplanned. unposed. Quirky Love hits the streets looking for the type of love that doesn't need fuss.