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 @soteeoh 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 live in Kensington Market.
What is your favourite thing about where you live or the part of the city you are from?
I think of Kensington as the unofficial heart of Toronto. It’s right in the middle of the city and to me it really represents what Toronto is about. In only a few small blocks you have people from every part of the world. People of different cultures and identities, really people from all walks of life, getting a long and making it work in this small community. It’s so interesting to me. Just walking down the street is so entertaining, you never know what your going to see. There’s also a really creative vibe in the neighbourhood. These are the things that make Toronto special in my opinion and its all represented in Kensington.
How have you seen art and creativity directly impact the area of the city you live in?
As I mentioned, Kensington has a super creative vibe. I know a lot of artists that live in the area and I think a lot of people, myself included, draw a lot of creative inspiration from the neighbourhood. I think the art is one of the reasons that Kensington has been preserved. There are a lot of changes taking place right now but hopefully that creative vibe gets saved.
What do you think that you as a photographer brings to the table that is different than other artists and is your identifying trait?
I think the main thing that makes me different is how I think about photography. I’m constantly asking myself how I can bring the images I create back into a physical form. Whether its through prints or on textiles or wheat-pasting I like to see my work in tangible forms. That pushes me to be more experimental and playful with the images I create because I’m constantly thinking about how an image will work in all these different scenarios.
What particular image that you have photographed has been the most striking to you and why?
I have this one image of the reflection of a boy walking past a puddle in Regent Park. That’s always been one of my favourites. The other one is the image of the CN Tower and the cross-walk sign counting down to 6. I think that one just captured the mood of the city right now. The 6 is becoming an icon for the new wave in Toronto.
Why is it important for you to take part in the 6ix by 6 exhibit at Manifesto festival?
Manifesto is such a huge part of the arts scene here in the city. It’s played a huge part in the development of so many artists in Toronto. I think teaming it up with 1LoveTO is the perfect move because 1Love is also about community building. It really represents that city pride and that positive energy. So getting to represent those two organizations is just a huge honour and to get to do this exhibition with so many other talented artists is really special to me.
For more info about the “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit, CLICK HERE.