Manifesto & 1LOVETO have partnered to present the first official “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit as part of the Manifesto Festival’s “Common Ground” Art Show. The exhibit is on Sunday, September 20th at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St W.) and features 6 of Toronto’s top Instagram shooters. We got the chance to ask our very own Instagram contributor @ellenaturel six questions as part of our interview series. See below…
What part of Toronto (GTA) are you from/Where do you live in Toronto (GTA)?
I am from the eastern side of the GTA, I live in the city of Pickering
What is your favourite thing about where you live or the part of the city you are from?
As much as I love being in the core of downtown, I love the space where I am from. It gives me a euphoria of green surrounded by earths beauty. It definitely contributes to my creative process and meditation.
How have you seen art and creativity directly impact the area of the city you live in?
Every area has its own identity, when I visit different areas in my city I can see young talent being expressed everywhere. It’s liberating to see because it is constantly changing and in some areas it will look one way and you come back again and it’s totally different. I love to see how creativity evolves through time
What do you think that you as a photographer brings to the table that is different than other artists and is your identifying trait?
As an artist I believe that I was created for a purpose. To share, to create, to inspire to change and share my vision with the world. True artists work comes from the heart, it’s true and real and with that I believe it can touch the lives of almost everyone and show them a piece of my soul only I can reveal
What particular image that you have photographed has been the most striking to you and why?
That’s a hard choice haha, I would have to say one of the most striking images I have been able to witness and shoot was the summer of 2014. Right by my house is a huge field/ secret passage way I visit often to meditate and explore my creative freedom, after a huge thunderstorm what was produced afterwards was absolutely breathtaking. From the change of colours in the sky to the fog covering the land. It felt as if I was in a vivid dream. I’m forever grateful that I am able to witness the beauty this earth can reveal before our eyes.
Why is it important for you to take part in the 6ix by 6 exhibit at Manifesto festival?
It is an honour for me to take part in this exhibit because of how Toronto has influenced me and how it has helped me find myself and my style as an artist. There is so much to explore in the city and my imagination comes to life I begin and still continue to view the city as magic realism.
For more info about the “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit, CLICK HERE.