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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival | A Sign in the Northwest Passage and In Broad Terms

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival | A Sign in the Northwest Passage and In Broad Terms

Posted on 01 June 2011 by Liza Mae V.

about Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

“CONTACT is an annual festival of photography in Toronto, during the month of May, with over 1000 local, national and international artists exhibiting at more than 200 venues … the festival is devoted to celebrating, and fostering the art and profession of photography.  CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.” – Visit the festivals website for more information. (


Contact Festival - A Sign in the Northwest Passage

Contact Festival - A Sign in the Northwest Passage

Exhibit Overviews | A Sign in the Northwest Passage and In Broad Terms

I decided to go to the two exhibits, A Sign in the Northwest Passage and In Broad Terms, for they were in walking distance of each other and seemed like interesting exhibits.

The northwest passage public installation is located on the south wall of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery(231 Queens Quay W) and will be up for display until August 21.  As I was searching for it I found out that the art exhibit is free on Wednesday Evenings between 5pm-8pm which I will definitely hit up sometime this summer.

Contact Festival - In Broad Terms

Contact Festival - In Broad Terms

The second exhibit, In Broad Terms, was located at Steam Whistle Brewery and I’ve always wanted to visit but never found the opportunity to do so until now.  The exhibit is located past the bar on the exposed brick.  There are 10 photographers featured at this event with interesting types of works examining human representation.  The concepts were quite interesting like putting two strangers together to portray the uncomfortable body language of the subjects. I loved the location of his exhibit for you can grab a beer and enjoy some fine pieces of art.

Favorite Photographs from the In Broad Terms Exhibit

Contact Festival - In Broad Terms 1

Contact Festival - In Broad Terms 1

Contact Festival - In Broad Terms 2

Contact Festival - In Broad Terms 2

Contact Festival - In Broad Terms 3

Contact Festival - In Broad Terms 3

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Defining Moments of Clarity

Posted on 03 June 2010 by Liza Mae V.

As I try to come up with the words to describe what I am feeling or thinking I stumble for I can only explain so much. I have been going through extremes in the last few weeks and at one point I thought I was going to lose my mind with anxiety then something calmed me to the point of sleep. As I tried different things to take away the anxiety like yoga stretches, laying in bed listening to soft music on my iPod, nothing seemed to work. Then I saw the little red book, the Bible, at the edge of my eye and I picked it up. It was like the answer to all my questions at that defining moment. I read a part that really struck a cord in me which calmed me to the point I relaxed then went to bed peacefully. Excerpts from Philippians 4:

6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

10I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

After that defining moment I realized anxiety is due to my fear of the unknown and I have always tried to pave the path before walking but now I am walking on rocky roads barefooted.

I have narrowed the gap of my extremes and have been more in the middle, also known as being content. When I realized that I need to stop controlling things I became more aware. Now everything that I saw in black and white has turned into vibrant colours. I have gained an awareness that I have never felt before. Matthiew 6:

22“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

– Liza Mae

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Random Rant: Anxiously Waiting

Posted on 29 December 2009 by Liza Mae V.

my patience runs thin … 21 days and counting … hours … minutes … seconds.  I just want to sleep and wake up 21 days later and find him laying next to me.   I get anxious and nervous.  My tendencies to be fidgety have grown immensely and far worse.  I can not comprehend life without him in it.  I am like a drug addict waiting to get my next fixation.  I am salivating in thoughts and my cravings have not been fulfilled … hungry … starving.  I’m lost in love and I love it, though it turns my stomach like never before.  The butterflies are being born exponentially and they want to be freed.

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emotional purge of thoughts … raw + unedited

Posted on 16 October 2009 by Liza Mae V.

So it has been a little over a month since my bf has left for China and I thought it would be easier than it is.  It isn’t quite what it seems in theory compared to in reality.  I realized that he brings me happiness in so many levels, emotional, physical, and spiritual.   He is emotionally and spiritually here but the physical heightens those feelings.   I used to look forward to seeing him after work each day, especially on Fridays.  Days are just mediocre and that is just not enough.  I want to smile when I wake up and just be delighted with life.  Unfortunately, I have gone astray and I’m back at my mundane state.  I am far from content because it feels a part of me is displaced, temporarily.   Anyways, time to read my daily horoscope:

Gemini Horoscope

Friday, Oct 16th, 2009 — Although your life seems to get busier now that Mars is in your 3rd House of Immediate Environment, you’ll probably float through the day without being overly concerned. You are a person on a mission today and very little can come between you and your goals, but your sense of balance may be a little off. For the best results continue on your current path with as little change as possible.


I am quite the busy body these days.  Juggling a new house, my bf’s basement renovations, work, and LuxaVision.  I have not been consistent with my alone time and I need more of that.  I include my fitness time as alone time for I focus on only me.  I am going to do that after work today because I deserve it.

I need to focus on my goals and need not worry about the details.  I just need to become one with my chaos.

(takes a deep breathe)

– Liza Mae

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Protected: Stressed … Angry … Damaged

Posted on 28 October 2008 by Liza Mae V.

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s e p e r a t i on

Posted on 28 April 2008 by Liza Mae V.

i        a  m            h   e   r  e.





t  h  e  r  e   .

Lost between the spaces of time …
going back and forth in my mind.

yet I should be living here.  i am here.

STOP reliving the pain … i tell myself over and over.
STOP seeing the tears fall from your face …
the disappointment and sadness … in your eyes.

I can’t forget, but I can not go back to it …
I need to STOP feeling this guilt that I feel.
I am here.
. not there.

i am where i need to be …

– Liza Mae

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Posted on 22 April 2008 by Liza Mae V.


breath deeply
break free
be happy

I am in a state of mind that is juggling thoughts back and forth and external forces are swaying me to make a choice between my emotions. I am … lost …. struggling … trying to find my way home. Once upon a time I was focused – now far from that. I am standing at a crossroads, which road to follow? There is no right or wrong – just stuck in this grey area. My thoughts put me in this demise, wishing I was care-free. So I was put into a situation where I had to make a choice – that is to really look deep down inside myself and ask the question, “What will bring me to this point of happiness?” I do not know the answer to that question because that is what I am searching for. I’m trying to find the answers to my misunderstandings. Once I find myself again, I will know what it is that Liza really needed. If it is with you or without you … I will not know till that time of enlightenment. Time heals wounds. Time is what I need. Time is what you need. For now …

I love.

I will.

I am.

– Liza Mae

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Me … a crack head?

Posted on 20 November 2006 by Liza Mae V.

My mother asked me a question with concern on her face,

“I found a syringe in your room? Why do you have it?”

Initially by the look on her face, I thought she was going to ask me about my sexual accessories because I’ve seen the face before when she’d ask me about those things. I wasn’t expecting that, and asked myself the same question because I didn’t know what a syringe was doing in my room. So I responded with,

“I don’t know what it is doing in my room, maybe you left it here (since my mother gives needles to patients) ?”

Then I remembered why it was in my room. My brother tried to fix my printer and had the syringe for that very reason. LMAO. ME a drug addict?!? Maybe alcoholic, but I’ve never touched illegal drugs in my life, not even weed. The look on my mother’s face was priceless.

– Liza Mae

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different shades of gray

different shades of gray

Posted on 13 November 2006 by Liza Mae V.

I just had a quick thought about the colour of my skin. I can be a light-skinned filipino during the winter seasons, then when I go on vacation under the sun, I become a tanned dark filipino. Though, it doesn’t bother me which colour I am, it seems to matter to people back home. The lighter-skinned filipino’s are more attractive at the island. It still boggles my mind why every race, besides white, make a big deal about their shades of colour. It is like everyone who is not white, want to be closer to that shade, and everyone who is white, want to be darker. Though it is not as applicable here then the island, but it still exists.

Light-skinned/dark-skinned Black, light-skinned /dark-skinned Indian, light-skinned/dark-skinned Latino, etc.

Why does this exist? Does it really matter? I mean, many complain about the White people, when those very people come into my workplace and ask me where the skin lightening cream is located. I just don’t understand this society.

I come from a family where my parents are fine with me dating someone lighter-skinned than me, but they are not fine with me dating anyone darker than I. Well they are trying to accept it but at first it was a struggle to get their approval, and some other family are still not comfortable with it, but I truly do not care. The only care is for my happiness, though it sacrifices other’s happiness. In the end of the day, my happiness is what I have to live with.

In black and white photos, we are all the same colour with different shades of gray.

Liza Mae V.

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