See Cosmopolis Toronto :)
Thank you for visiting my first crowdfunded project. My name is Colin Boyd Shafer and I am a Canadian high school teacher/photographer with a passion for portrait photography. While I have photographed people from East Timor to Bolivia, I want to do a project that gives back to where I was born. Toronto is a city of almost 3 million people, where more than half of its inhabitants were born outside of Canada. According to the United Nations it is the most Cosmopolitan city in the world (if not one of the most) – hence the title of this upcoming portrait project “Cosmopolis Toronto”.
I want to compliment these demographics with human faces and stories. For this project I plan on photographing one person born in every single country - from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe - who now calls Toronto home. I will photograph around 200 people for the project. I aim at having each portrait taken in a place where the subject feels a sense of 'home' in Toronto - maybe a place of work, a favorite spot in the city, or a favorite recreational location. Adding to this initial portrait I will also photograph one object that is important to each person's country/nation of birth, with them holding or touching whatever it is. These two photographs will be paired with a story of how they came to be 'home' in Toronto. It is important to note that I will be including those from the GTA (Greater Toronto Area).
The project has been featured in:
Toronto's Metro Newspaper *here is a collage they did of some portraits I have taken
and CBC Radio's Metro Morning