In the whirlwind before I left for my trip, Geoff and I visited Russet & Empire, a new shop in the Junction (on Keele at Dundas). In August I had received an email from the sweet owner, Micah, asking if she could use my Chicago black and white Diana Mini pictures for her blog, and it was a nice surprise to hear from her. I had noticed some activity in the storefront while stopped at a red light a few days before she contacted me, and wondered what was happening. Geoff made it to the opening party, although I didn't, so I was keen to stop by. We happened to have two cameras with us when we visited so we both took a few pictures. The indoor ones were taken with the Canon A-1 and the outdoor ones with the LC-A+.
It's a beautiful shop (I love the barn wood shelves so much) with a well-curated collection of vintage and local goods for sale. Russet & Empire also carries cameras such as the Diana Mini, which is a pretty good way to acquire one locally.
I'm looking forward to seeing what else Micah planned for the store -- she is as big a fan of our dearly departed Balloon King as I am, and therefore a girl after my own heart.
stephanie renee: Thank you!
Siubhan: That cat's eyes were so amazing! I saw him around for a few days, and one time he got into a fight with a neighbour's dog and ran up a tree! He came down successfully, luckily. I knew I had to include a cat picture but I went with the other one because I liked all the empty space around the blind cat... tough decisions!
ka: Thank you! Yes, the colours were probably due to using Fuji film and having a mostly overcast day. It worked out well!
Barbara: Thank you! I hope you'll enjoy it.
Hollie: Thanks, Hollie!
Nadinoo: Thanks so much, Nadia! It was Tommy who inspired me to buy a film camera, but the one I used here (Canon A-1) wasn't too expensive! I got it for $150 USD, which is peanuts compared to how much some digital cameras cost. But then the cost of film does add up!
danielle and dinosaur toes: Thanks so much! Now I wish I had used the stripes shirt officially, but at the time I wasn't sure if it fit.
Elena: Thank you! It was a good day. I wonder how it would have been had I been home! Those tarts were so amazing. I ate way too many.
jackie: Haha, thanks!
hellojen: Thanks, Jen! Hey, we'll have to grab coffee when I get back from Portland (things are a little bananas right now, although you sound pretty busy with school).
heleen: Oh I love that you see that! No, where I was was pretty tropical, although that particular day was cloudy and rainy at times. It's not often I'm surrounded by palm trees! Thank you.
Sarah: It was a bit difficult, because when you have 36 photos 10 doesn't seem like a whole lot! Thank you!
Ella: Oh yes, summer is wonderful! I do love fall, which we have here now, but I'm dreading winter. I think the bone colour shoes will be lovely! I wear mine often (although I don't recommend them for walking on sand, ha).
Marinka: Thank you! Yes, I like the blue tones as well -- soothing!
Hannah: As am I! I was so happy to encounter two cats that day. It seemed important to capture cats on film!
Dianne: Thanks so much!
pia: Thank you so much, Pia! That wave was truly tremendous! It doesn't give a sense of scale but it was taller that most buildings, just enormous and dramatic. I'm so thankful to have been a part of the project!
lavelle: It was! It's made me smile for days thinking about it.
Jane Flanagan: Yeah, I'm second guessing a few of them, but oh well! I had to lay them all out and say, okay, one cat, one cobblestones, one water, etc. Ha!
amy w - over and under: Thanks! And yes, it's a great bag, very sturdy and strong too!
Jenny: Thank you, so sweet of you to say!
Joanna Goddard: Thanks so much!