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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival | Bending Light

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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival | Bending Light

Posted on 28 May 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. (www.scotiabankcontactphoto.com)

Contact Festival - Bending Light Exhibit 2011

Exhibit Overview | Bending Light featuring L. E. Glazer

I have been talking about the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival before it started in May and finally visited my first exhibit called ‘Bending Light’ featuring L. E. Glazer.  When I was researching for exhibits in the area from the CONTACT festival map, the name of the exhibit sold me, for as a photographer, we usually try to work with light but the phrase ‘bending light’ seemed a lot more intriguing.  The exhibit is located in the showroom of Olympia Tile International, a really odd place to hold an exhibit for the people who go there are looking for wall or floor tiles.  Anyways, when you walk in to the showroom, the exhibit is on your left by the sun room.

Contact Festival - Bending Light Exhibit 2011 Showroom

The photographer, L. E. Glazer, exhibit focuses on reflective and manipulative photography.  The exhibit description is a little confusing but from first glance it reminded me of some of my reflection photography.  I really liked some of his works for it takes reflective photography in to a whole different realm of reality.  It reminded me of some of my reflective photography work.


Favorites from the Bending Light Collection

Soho No. 1 by L. E. Glazer
Soho No. 1
Quilt No. 1 by L. E. Glazer


Street Dancer No. 1 by L. E. Glazer

Street Dancer

Exhibit Information

WHERE: 1000 Lawrence Ave W. Toronto, M6B 4A8
WHEN: May 1 – 31st
Monday – Wednesday 8am – 7pm
Thursday until 9pm
Friday until 4:45pm
Sunday 10:am – 5 pm by Appointment (416) 785 6666

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Behind the Scenes | Newborn Photography of Baby Kyla

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Behind the Scenes | Newborn Photography of Baby Kyla

Posted on 14 March 2011 by Liza Mae V.

I have been excited about shooting newborns since my first ever shoot with Baby Ayrianna.  It is something I am passionate about and whenever the opportunity strikes, I get an immediate high.  I used to think that newborn babies looked the same but after shooting them, you start to see the little features that resemble their parents, siblings, and other family members.  On this day of the shoot, I met Baby Kyla’s mother Karolina B. (whom I went to elementary school with), father, brother, grandparents, and great grandparents.  It was great energy having four generations around and seeing how different features transfer from generation to generation.  I get close up look at the baby, so I can distinguish where they get their small lips, coloured eyes, nose, hair, etc.

This is the behind the scenes look of my photo shoot of newborn baby Kyla, pictures courtesy of Karolina B.  This was taken in Baby Kyla’s grandparent’s home.  My main source of lighting is natural lighting on my left and I usually have a bean bag for the baby to pose comfortably on.  I have learned a lot from this shoot in terms of essential equipment to bring, number of looks on a shooting day, what baby poses work best, and many more (which I will talk about in another post – TBA).  If you need a newborn baby photographer or know anyone who is expecting, referrals are welcome.


Behind the Scenes | Photographing a Newborn

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10 Econmical Ways to Enjoy the Summer

Posted on 30 June 2009 by Liza Mae V.

Since the weather has warmed up I’ve been spending most of my days (when not at work) at the beach.  I am an avid believer of enjoying the outdoors during the short summer months in Toronto.  I have some ideas on how to enjoy the summer the economical way.

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New York vs. Toronto

Posted on 25 April 2006 by Liza Mae V.


I’m tired of defending New York. So after this trip I think I have to say good-bye for awhile until the dust settles between our celestial bodies. I constantly try to push the idea of New York but is it worth fighting for? I love the city for many reasons and those who know me would know why. I have just built this bond with the city and the people(friends) within it that they are the reasons why I come back. Maybe if my friends moved to Toronto, then I would think differently but that is a far-fetched idea.

I just love the shopping,
the bright lights,
the late nights,
the music,
the smell of the trains,
the summer rain,
the alcohol sold at the corner store,
the hard core accent of the guy next door,
the chinese woman selling fake gucci at the corner of Canal St. and Broadway.

I miss the feeling of being touched
while being brushed on the busy sidewalk
during rush hour,
or sitting on a patio watching
passer-by’s scurry
like they are trying to beat time
with a hurry
but where are they really rushing to?


Don’t get me wrong, Toronto ain’t a lame-ol-city. I love it as well but obviously it is not as face paced as NYC, which has its pro’s and con’s. In this city, you can find best of both worlds: non-chaotic or chaotic. If you want to find excitement, you can do so but its not a walk next door, you have to live in the city. But the thing is, the party ends at 2a.m. when there is no more ‘legal’ alcohol served and its only the druggies or wasted drunks on the dance floor. So the party ends early and you can’t buy alcohol at the corner store because the LCBO is closed and that’s the only place you can find liqour. So the only thing open is the 24h Chinese restaurant on Spadina where you’ll meet everyone who has no where else to refuge after a club night but at RolSan’s! I love the chinese food in Toronto much better though, its not as fatty and a lot more tasty. The only thing that is holding me back from my previous 5 year plan is because HE is in my life. I decided that he is more important to me than the experience of the BIG city. I’m holding on to the memories, I’m holding on to my single life. I am not used to thinking for ‘us’. I’m sorry! Forgive me for I am trying.

-Liza Mae

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