This past Oct, I took part in my first Nuit Blanche experience in Toronto. It’s an arts festival which takes place from sunset to sunrise and features hundreds of exhibitions all over the city. Some use the city as a setting while others use the city itself as part of various art exhibits. Its was an amazing eye opener, I can see this becoming an annual thing for me. I went with 2 other photographers and we hit up about 20-30 exhibits, the ones in the financial district were by far the greatest. Here are some of my favourite pics from the night.
1. Yonge Dundas Square, midnight. It was just chaos, people just gathering from all directions. We got up on a paltform and took shots of the action. To our left a girl had passed out a barfed all over herself, strangers looked after her until paramedics got there. There were easily a million people there that moment.
2. City Hall. Flightpath was the big exhibit this year allowing you to be a bird and fly over platforms around Nathan Phillips Square.
3. The Sex Dolls I can’t remember the name of this exhibit but it was interesting. People live with these dolls as companions. 8 Photo’s had 8 captions on the back.
4. The caption
5. Dead Media This exhibit used dead/dying media to make a statement on a part of Yonge St. where there used to be record and book stores, now torn down.
6. Warp having fun with my camera zoom outside of Zanzibar.
7. Those satellite things… by far the trippiest thing i saw all night, there was a hypnotic atmosphere in the room due to the sounds and light. People were on the floor everywhere.
8. The Fire Girl
9. Memorias in honour of immigrants who had died on the job, this exhibit invited people to light candles in their memory.
10. The Best Damn thing I saw all night!!! Commerce court became the sight of a staged miltary takeover. Through lights, pyrotechnics and sound, everyone was immersed in the moment. We hung out here for a good 20 minutes, just watching…ironically, drunk people in the square that night were being forcibly removed by police adding a surreal touch to the whole exhibit.