Seeing Others, Seeing Ourselves is a series about the busy lifestyle in Toronto. When someone asks “How are you”, do the phrases “super tired, “super busy” or “crazy” sound familiar? As you walk along the streets of Toronto, people always have their heads down, they are either busy or in a rush. People are constantly juggling their workload, endless chores, have places to be and errands to do. Through images, I hope to show the busy city life that consumed us, how it makes everyone unaware of their surroundings and to encourage people to slow down. I took images both outside on the streets, as well as in malls, including both close up and wide angle views with a slow shutter speed. After that, I layered multiple images together to show the feeling of hecticness and the speed of life.
I think people should explore more and slow down. It is important to be in the moment, be aware and notice our surroundings. Our lifestyle is so fast-paced that our ability to look around us and be present in the moment have been greatly diminished. Not only do I want to capture the hectic and busy lifestyle through different perspectives, I want to challenge the viewers to look beyond what I am trying to photograph. Photography has allowed me to observe these situations, I hope the photographs encourage the viewers to slow down and reflect on that moment.