The Road Rage Bunny BLOG

Just a photographer stuck in japan

Toronto Zombie Walk 2011
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The Toronto undead have been walking the streets annually since 2003 when Thea Munster organized the worlds first Zombie walk in the city of Toronto with only 5 zombies. Now, nine years later it is rumored that 7000 abominations took to the streets this last weekend where we witnessed Thea's very own undead wedding live dead for everyone to see.

The follow is a photo account of what i saw that day before i was over taken by the hordes.

Photographic note: I was going for a more low key gritty image style with these images where you can really feel the texture in the skin almost like a painting. The weather grimly cooperated the whole day with a beautiful overcast day giving the really soft light needed to make this look work.

Clowns have always freaked me out.
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I love how ever year more and more youths join the ranks of the undead.
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And finally the undead bride and groom themselves.

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The Crowds gather
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Architectural Photography
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I've been shooting a lot of buildings recently and have really been enjoying it. It's very different than shooting people. They'll stand still all day long just waiting for the light to be just right. and at the end of they day you don't have to feed them. Buildings are indeed very accommodating for the photographer. Yet still pose their own challenges like adjusting your perspective and really needing things to be super sharp but unlike shooting people you can really push the colour and contrast because structures are often not worried if the skin tone starts looking unnatural.

SO... here's some of the stuff I've been up to lately. and hopefully I'll be up to more in the future.

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Building Up

Nuit Blanche 2011
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Photographed some of the crazy art and events happening around Toronto's Nuit Blanche 2011



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Fan Expo the aftermath
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I know a lot of people dread Fan Expo and i can understand, if you're not a fan of crowds and have to work it can be taxing but luckily i don't have to work the con and living in japan has left me pretty much immune to crowds so, while doing that thing that i do i felt totally at home.

I love Conventions. There's a kind of comradery at cons where you can meet someone that very day and be total friends. It's a mythical place where you can admit your passion to almost anyone without receiving disapproving or uncomprehending looks.

This year, things that i discovered. Bronie cosplay, learned that Toronto is socially a very small place and I tried my hand at a con video for the first time. So i hope you guys enjoy the media as much as i enjoyed taking it!




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Until 2012

Jack Layton - (1950 - 2011)
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I had the privilege of snapping these photos of the late Jack Layton at his last pride parade. it seems to me that the man was always smiling. reveling in everything that this day stood fore and unlike *other* political figures, i don't think he would have missed it for the world.

rest in peace gentle sir

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My friends, love is better
than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair.
So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world.

Work for Free
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I found this here: http://kateordie.tumblr.com/post/8754294573/dear-best-buy


"Dear Best Buy,

I would like to extend to you this exclusive opportunity to pay me $1,000 for a new fridge. No, you read that right. You pay me.

But, see, it’s a great opportunity because every time someone comes over to my house, I will tell them where I got the fridge. So, like, 20 people will know about this nice fridge, and you will get some awesome exposure.

Granted, most of my friends live in apartments and don’t have an option to buy their own fridge. And my friends who own houses just bought fridges for themselves. But, I mean, maybe a couple of them will need fridges someday.

So, you can make the check out to me. I want one with an icemaker."


I kind of feel this way sometimes when someone asks me to do my trade for free.

As well i also found this fantastic flow chart for the next time someone asks me if i can do something for free.
http://shouldiworkforfree.com/


TOJam a photo story.
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This past Weekend i had the privilege of documenting TOJam a 3 day event where teams from all over North America get together and make small but good video games. A "Jam" session of video game making madness. The Event Runs 24 hours a day for 3 days and the teams need every second of this time. Everyone always starts off in high sprites' being surrounded with so many like minded people with such different backgrounds is really inspiring. The food is free and good but as time goes on people start to get to work. Realizing that there is never enough time they try to put off sleep for just the weekend but eventually everyone crashes. It really is like a programming marathon in ever sense of the word. But then comes the 3rd day where every ounce of everything that you can do has been put in to that computer and with the last of the fumes that you are running on. you celebrate.

The Following is kind of my photo short story of what it is like to be a part of TOJam.


Toronto everyone`s or home away from home. But tonight home is in front of a computer monitor and beside your team.

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Lets start working out this Game

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TOJam isn't a contest. there is no prize for first place so you might as well have fun with your sleepless nights
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Now these guys are awesome. A father daughter team making a game together. the girl is 5 years old and came up with the story for the game and all the art work for it! 
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She may be able to make a game but this young master still has much to learn.
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A hint to what the that game may be.
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As the clocks start to get in to the not so wee hours of the morning the programmers get creative. in his hands is a bowl of deep fried meatballs covered in a reduced "red bull" sauce! 
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around this time everyone is thinking the same thing
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but they push on and on...
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and on...
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and on red eyes and all.
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but at last one can only go so long with no sleep so one by one they start to fall and before long you can find them all over the place. some people too tired to go home, others are from so far away that they can't go home. not until the job is done.


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People sleep and people work.
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This i found very japanese. Taking your shoes off before entering the room that you sleep in even if it is a dark hall way.
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But at long last its play time and people get to see for the first time what everyone else was working on and try out these new and raw ideas.
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Geeks crowed into a room to listen to a guest speaker from montreal show to them all the different games he has developed at different Jams from all over.
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It was an exciting event but eventually everyone has to go home and look forward to another year and another TOJam.
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special thanks to this man Jim McGinley and Miguel who opened the doors of TOJam to me.
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EDIT: TOJam is put together and operated by Jim McGinley, Emilie Mcginley & Robert Segal all of who did amazing beyond amazing! 


Visit TOJam's site for more info: http://www.tojam.ca

more photos can be seen on my flickr page here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadragebunny/
or on facebook
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150617424145601.685146.583930600

Life is a rollercoaster ride
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it's been a while since I've last written an entry. Things have been most excellently busy. I shot an events for PBS, Yelp.ca, TOJam as well run 2 photo booths both for the excellent people at Yelp AND... did an excellent 2 days shoot for my Friend Karen at Meiku Designs. but all along while this was going on.

I've still been keeping an eye out for keen fashion on the streets of Toronto. I'm pleased to say that things look like they are finally starting to pay off. Just this past Friday i was subject of a street fashion article on the CNN website featuring my photography and even more scary some of my words quoted and reworked into a most excellent article. I"m Re-posting this article below along with some of my more recent  Street Fashion photos.

Enjoy!

PS original articl can be seen here: 

Photographer highlights contrast between Japan, Canada fashions

This story started on
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By Jareen Imam, Special to CNN
May 13, 2011 8:35 a.m. EDT

(CNN) -- Paul Hillier never gave much thought to fashion.
"My idea of fashion was finding the cheapest pair of jeans," the Toronto-based freelance photographer said.
But seeing Hillier's street fashion photography, you might find that hard to believe. His eye-catching photographs showcase not only style, but also attitude. Hillier says that it was a trip to Japan and a street fashion magazine called Fruits that ignited his interest in street style.
"When I went to Japan, I thought, 'Well, why can't I do this?' "
Japan is noted for thought-provoking fashion, like Harajuku, a self-expressive style that has been adopted by many Japanese youths in the Harajuku train station area. The style is a combination of looks, ranging from the dark and elegant Gothic style to the sweet Victorian Lolita fashion.
Japanese fashion is iconic, partly thanks to its being showcased by celebrities like Gwen Stefani. But it can be very different from its Hollywood portrayal.
"The Japanese are a keen society, so it's important not to stand out. There's a proverb in Japan: The nail which stands out gets hammered down," Hillier said.
One of the beauties of Japanese fashion is not only its eye-catching, extreme style, but its ability to also be soft, clean and subtle, Hillier said. The transformative nature of Japanese fashion is very different from Toronto style, which focuses more on a sleek, modern-punk look.


"Style in Toronto is very independent, while in Japan, there is a sense of community which is integrated into their fashion," he said.

Traveling between two strikingly different cities, Hillier finds a sense of style in every corner. Normally, he is not looking to find the latest fashionista. Instead, he looks for people who are obviously stylish, but are also easy to talk to.
Below, Hillier explains Toronto and Osaka fashions.
CNN: What inspired you to start photographing street fashion?
Hillier: It blended in with my photography. I used to go to different conventions where people dressed up in cartoon costumes, and street fashion is sort of the same. People are dressing up to make a statement about themselves. The words don't capture the meaning unless you capture the picture.
CNN: Tell us about Osaka style.
Hillier: The Japanese are very conscious of what they are wearing. There is a sense of community, but Osaka is considered the black sheep of Japan, fashion-wise. It's very colorful, and its fashion is very loud and independent. For example, the Osaka "obachan" grandmothers are known for being very independent. I've seen these older women with colorful dyed hair -- bright greens, reds and blues.
CNN: Can you describe fashion in Toronto?
Hillier: Toronto fashion is divided up into districts. Queens Street is traditionally considered Toronto's fashion district, but I see it as an area where you can find a lot of punky fashion.
CNN: How do these cities differ in style?
Hillier: People in Toronto follow fashion, but the typical person in Toronto dresses from the heart. They dress in clothing they want to feel comfortable in, and they're not really concerned about how others view them. So people who stand out, really stand out in the crowd in Toronto.
CNN: What are some similarities when it comes to fashion?
Hillier: Both cities have a great fashion district. In Osaka, it is "Amemura," which is called the American district. That is the young person's hip fashion district, while in Toronto it is Queens Street.
CNN: What influences street fashion in those cities?
Hillier: Culture has a huge part of it, but you can't design in a box. You can't create fashion without outside influences. Culture, friends and media all come into play on how people display themselves.
CNN: Have you spotted a popular look while photographing people?Hillier: In Toronto, people play a lot more on how they use vintage clothing and just kind of piecing it together into an outfit.
CNN: Are there certain trends that you only see in Toronto or in Osaka?
Hillier: The way I describe Japan would be that it's Japan. It's so unique, and there is a lot of attention to detail. In Toronto, the typical person is practical. For example, I noticed that thigh-high pirate boots in Japan are usually worn with high heels, but in Toronto, those same boots are flat-heeled.
CNN: What do you think that means in terms of Japanese style?
Hillier: If you live in the city in Japan, you live in your heels. I used to teach younger kids in Japan, and they would be decked out. Some would wear little heels on their booties.
CNN: What makes you stop and snap a photo of someone?
Hillier: Personality. Fashion is an extension of one's self. If they look like someone I want to talk to, then I go up to them. For street fashion in particular, the person who stands out in the crowd and has a unique attitude draws in my attention.
CNN: Why does personality matter in street fashion?
Hillier: The personality always comes across in the picture. You just have to find it in your lenses. Photography in its core is a collaborative effort; it's almost like choosing a partner.
CNN: What is your favorite thing about fashion?

Hillier: I like they way it communicates who a person is at that time. You can tell a lot about somebody by the shoes they wear; you can almost always profile a person based on what they are wearing.


 


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Yelp.ca Event Photography
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Last week I had the pleasure to shoot for Yelp.ca at one of their monthly gatherings in Toronto. Organized by the charismatic Vivek, he asked if i could spend half the night shooting a few candids and the other half operating a photo booth. Shooting candids is never a problem because as i love playing the part of the camera ninja finding those fleeting seconds that totally captures the atmosphere.

The photo booth on the other hand was an insanely fun, pleasant surprise. the closest i can relate this experience to is almost like photography karaoke. Most people don’t really like the idea of sanding in front of a mike alone or in this case a camera but add a couple friends, a fun theme a charismatic photographer *wink, wink* and everyone was doing their best bohemian rhapsody before long.

These were all shot the night before the “Royal Wedding” so the theme of the night was “Royal” and everyone was fantastic playing right along to any and all direction i might have given, ill-advised or otherwise :P

I’m looking forward to doing many more events like this in the future.


The 2 fine individual's who put on this most excellent event.
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The lovely Jane as she served me a drink
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A proud King and Queen stair
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by the end of the night a lot of the staff of the bar wanted in on the action.
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I think i'm going to use this photo for  the cover of and and all future books that i do.
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To see all of the photos taken that night, check out the offical Yelp.ca Event Flickr page here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/yelp/sets/72157626611663208/

Toronto Street Fashion
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Another week, another Street Fashion post. This time i hit up Queen street to see what it has to offer.(with the exception of one shot from Kensington Market) I remember back in the day Queen Street was filled with Gothic clothing stores and independent fashion retailers but now days it's feeling very mainstream, very commercial and i had feared that the style had left queen street. Now while queen isn't quite what it was back in those days with the H&M's and Le Chateau's there's still a little bit bite left i found.

I was also fortunate enough to have the lovely Meriam Espela with me to help hunt down the hard to find trend setters. She also helped educate me in the ways of fashion from a woman's perspective. As a result i was able to find some pretty fun people i might of overlooked before.

So i hope you all enjoy this week's Toronto Street Fashion, Queen Street. Next week we shoot Church Street.

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