In a small bistro called The Commissary, on the corner of Queen St., E and Logan Ave., a collection photographs is displayed across its white walls. The photographs, captured on film, express the simple but beautiful moments of dream and wonder in our everyday life that we tend to overlook.
“The photographs are moments we stumble upon each day, taken from all over the world from Toronto, New York and Nassau Bahamas,” says Ryerson photography graduate Samantha Walton.
“Forever Fleeting” is Walton’s first solo show, including nine diverse pieces of photographs that capture intimate moments.
“The show is named after ‘Forever Fleeting’ one of the biggest pieces. It’s black and white and was taken on a beach in the east end of Toronto,” says Walton. “I was having a bad day trying to get my camera to work sitting on a bench, all of a sudden I look up to see two massive flags flown in like kites by one man. I thought that was awesome of him to do that, the photograph shows his expression.”
Walton says pictures taken from a 6×6 film camera can be difficult. “It’s more expensive and a hassle. The series shows my capability and confidence with fluidity and consistency of film.”
The collection includes a touching piece titled “For Jack L” The piece is not only a tribute to the late Jack Layton, but also a personal connection for Walton.
“I was walking from a shoot earlier, and took a photograph of a rose on the way to work, and stumbled onto his memorial. Later at work I found out about his passing.”
Like the tribute, Walton titles her pictures with familiar names. “Some of the pieces are titled after people I know. Unless someone were to ask, they wouldn’t know what it stood for,” says Walton. “I named one after my friend Steph. We both grew up in the same house.”
Walton says one of her inspirations is Rinko Kawauchi because of the composition and palette he uses to express small beauties all around.
Among the nine pieces, Walton includes a photograph taken at Nassau, a week prior to hurricane Sandy. “It says a lot about the conditions now, and how serene it had been only days before.”
Walton hopes that viewers can take a way a new perspective and embrace the finer things from a busy Toronto life, after reviewing her illuminating pieces. “It would be the biggest compliment if someone would leave and find those moments, the beauty that we see all the time.”
“Forever Fleeting” is on display until Nov. 30.