I do social landscape photography and am interested in finding beauty in the mundane. I look for whimsical scenes, and elements of surrealism found in everyday life. Photography keeps me in touch with the changing seasons, and the passage of time. My images are intertwined with childhood memories and locations around Hants County, Nova Scotia.
I have begun scanning an archive covering thirty years which has led to two books: “Toronto Flashback (1980-1986)” and “No Money Down – Toronto (1980-1986)” as well as the series: “Japan Days (1987-1993)” and “Scattershot: A Journey Through Time and Place (1976-2016)”.
No Money Down – Toronto (1980-1986), by Avard Woolaver, documents the city of Toronto, Canada, in the 1980s. From the introduction: “Looking back now at the photos some thirty years later, so much comes back to me about being dropped into a new environment. We use our creative tools as extensions of ourselves; they help us understand and define our place in the world. For me, having a camera in my hand at all times helped me remember: You only get to do this once. We have to take the time to see it as clearly as we can.”
Derek Flack writes in blogTO, “Woolaver’s work is so fascinating–a record of Toronto with a soul.”
Toronto Flashback (1980-1986), by Avard Woolaver, documents the city of Toronto, Canada, in the 1980s.
Woolaver grew up in rural Nova Scotia and moved to Toronto in 1980 to study photography. He did a lot of street photography in those years, capturing street scenes with fresh eyes. Michael Amo writes in the introduction, “When Avard arrived in Toronto in 1980, he brought that watchfulness with him, that deep-seated empathy for humans going about their solitary business, a simultaneous loneliness and delight in our ceaseless effort to remake the world in our own image.”
Work in progress:
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