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An Ode to Events' Gone By...

An evening of wine and glamour - the idea seems so foreign, so distant from the reality we are all living now. A new reality of physical distancing stickers on the ground, masks, and extremely limited events has taken over, and I'm not sure we'll ever go back to the old "normal".

When the pandemic hit, events got cancelled left, right, and centre and like many of my fellow photographers, I suddenly found myself looking at a completely blank calendar. As a commercial photographer in Vancouver, covering events was one of my specialties, and I'm truly not sure when I'll be able to do that again.

Here's the fact of it: I miss it. I miss arriving at an event, walking around the space, weaving my way through tables, and setting up shots or shooting candidly over guests' shoulders. I miss the energy, and the hum of conversations punctuated by the occasional clink of glasses or burst of laughter.

I recently came across a blog draft I wrote from a couple years ago, after photographing Taste the World - a wine tasting event that raises money to support schools in Cambodia and Myanmar - and I'd like to share it with you, an ode to event's gone by, along with the hope and anticipation of events still to come.

The room buzzes with hundreds of glamorous guests mingling, tasting, and laughing. Chanel, Tiffany, and Louboutin surround me. I look around at the revelrie, think of the good things that are being done tonight. Tonight is a fundraiser, to help the children in Southeast Asia get proper medical care, and its a topic of conversation that I catch bits of as I weave my way through the crowd.

At some point in the night, I retreat to a wall, turn my camera to black and white, and take a turn about the room, capturing the mood in a blur.


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