Lamps on the Boardwalk

Dufferin Terrace Boardwalk, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, Mike Crisolago, Photography

I got lucky here. No tripod. No solid surface to shoot from. Clear evening. The only bench on the Dufferin Terrace Boardwalk that wasn’t occupied. A camera that has a tendency to shoot less than crisp images.

Shot on a recent trip to Quebec City. The city never fails to inspire.

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are, Books, Arts/Literature

Maurice Sendak, beloved author and illustrator of the wildly popular children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, among others, passed away today at the age of 83. The cause of death was complications due to a stroke.

In honour of Sendak’s life and work, I compiled a list of 10 facts about his life and work that the average person may not realize. What historic tragedies are symbolically represented in Sendak’s stories? What movie did he believe was the best children’s film of all time? Who did he model the wild things after?

Much like how many beloved Disney-treated fairy tales find their origins in darker, more sinister stories, Sendak’s work was often informed by personal suffering, as well as the many social and political horrors he encountered as a child. To find out more, check out my article 10 Things You May Not Have Known About Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) on the Zoomer magazine website.

Lollipops on the Train (A True Story)

Photo courtesy of Benurs - Learning and learning... via Flickr (CC)

I saw this really sweet, genuine situation play out on the subway after work the other day and I’ve been meaning to write about it. This is all 100% true, which is why I want to share it:

An upbeat, joyful girl, probably around 22 or so, came walking through our crowded subway car during rush hour, handing out lollipops to strangers. She was sweet and trying to spread a little happiness to us weary commuters. She approached a really timid, somewhat lonely looking guy and asked him if he wanted one. Being that she was very beautiful and clearly very forward, the guy looked away shyly and shook his head.

She moved on, sitting at the other end of the car went and began talking with some other people she just met and gave lollipops to. After a few subway stops the really timid guy got up and walked across the car and over to the girl. In front of all the people gathered around he reached into his jacket, pulled out a large Dairy Milk bar, and handed it to her. She was overjoyed and thanked him. All the people she was sitting with applauded his effort and she was beaming with happiness. You could tell it took all his courage to make that simple but bold move. The guy then went back to his original seat without saying a word to the girl or anyone else. He didn’t stop smiling all the way to his stop, and neither did many of the previously grumpy commuters, including myself.

Two strangers on a crowded train during rush hour in the big city, offering gifts without asking for or expecting anything in return. Brilliant.

Grappling with a Python

Terry Jones, Monty Python, Toronto

On the theme of April Fools and jokes, this is a shot taken when I met and interviewed Terry Jones of the legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python. I have a short list of people I hope to meet and interview during my career, and this interview allowed me to check off one of those names. On this day of gags and pranks, I figured I’d post a shot of myself with one of the greatest comedians of all time.

April Fools Goes International

An 18th century gag  by Jonathan Swift that ruined the career of a prominent British astrologer; a French pilot’s prank on enemy troops during the First World War; the classic story of the Swiss spaghetti harvest; an impersonator leads audiences on as U.S. President Jimmy Carter during a confrontational CBC interview: these are a few of the best April Fools jokes ever played.

Click here for the list I compiled on Zoomer magazine’s website and feel free to leave your own favourite pranks in the comment section.

“What light through yonder window breaks….”

Toronto, Distillery District, Window, Lights, Cobblestone, Collection

“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” — Aaron Rose

A collection of shots I took in the Distillery District, Toronto