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Monday, 26 March 2012

The Sisters behind the Scene

Camera: Minolta X-7A
Film: Agfa Vista 400
© Photo by Lian & Qin Leng

Qin's sketchbook ~ She never goes anywhere without it.
This is one of many crazy detailed illustrations "Tokyo Map".
Check out her blog for more!

 © Illustration by  Qin Leng

I can’t believe we’re already 28…
Feels like the more we age, the younger we look, ‘sigh’
Benjamin Button female version~~~ haha

Natasha & Maya

Camera: Minolta X-7A
Film: Agfa Vista 400
© Photo by Lian Leng

© Illustration by Qin Leng

These two were my favorite of the day! I’m so glad I got to finish my film roll on them~
Such a pleasure to photograph, and seriously, these girls are pro!
The hardest thing I find from those last 3 weekends I’ve been shooting on the streets of Toronto, is how most people are in a rush and have little time to spare. But with these girls, it was the total opposite. And god I looooove their attitude in front of the camera!

Occupation: Student ~ Best friends since grade school; Natasha (left) also does some modeling, why am I not even surprised :)
Burgundy pants: Zara
Tatoo: Blackline Studios
Favorite item: Comfy Ked shoes from Value  Village (Natasha); Studs on her collar (Maya) She did it herself and I have to say, this is really an awesome and unique touch to the shirt~(the shirt itself is from Costa Blanca)


Camera: Minolta X-7A
Film: Agfa Vista 400
© Photo by Lian Leng

Occupation: Student & staff Urban Outfitters
Necklace: Clothing swap with friends
Denim jacket: Roommate’s
Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs
Favorite item: Top (SubRosa, Vintage store in Kensington Market)


Camera: Minolta X-7A
Film: Agfa Vista 400
© Photo by Lian Leng

This girl is the proof that you can find really nice stuff in the least expected (i.e. unpopular) places! Next time when my mom tries to convince me to go shopping with her at the Bay or Winners, maybe I’ll think twice :)

Occupation: Student
One-piece zip up: Winners
Boots: Piperlime
Sunglasses: Black Market
Favorite item: Necklace from The Bay


Camera: Minolta X-7A
Film: Agfa Vista 400
© Photo by Lian Leng

© Illustration by Qin Leng

It was the bowl cut and the round sun glasses that really got my attention when I first saw Tia.
But it’s really when she took off her glasses that I knew she was a model. Isn’t she gorgeous? I think the pictures speak for themselves~
She’s been in Toronto for a month, specifically for Toronto Fashion Week, and is originally from Vancouver.

Occupation: Model with NEXT (been modeling for 2 yrs now)
Favorite item: Boots (from Browns) & tights (gift)

An eccentric bunch~

Camera: Minolta X-7A
Film: Agfa Vista 400
© Photo by Lian Leng

This group of artist (except for one of them) was quite unique in their own way.
A really friendly bunch~ They were talking so much, and about so many random things that it was practically impossible for me to follow at all :)
I don’t have names for any of them, so let me just go in order from left to right!

Blond haired guy
Favorite item: Boots from East Side, Vintage store

Green jacket guy
Favorite item: Jacket from Value Village

Red haired girl
Favorite item: Her black veil from Value Village

Sydney~ Visiting from Montreal! My home town!!!
Favorite item: white dress she got from some girl at a party


Camera: Minolta X-7A
Film: Agfa Vista 400
© Photo by Lian Leng

Was on my way to see the documentary “Jiro dreams of sushi” @TIFF when I came across Melinda. I really loved the simplicity of her style, with that long blue dress and high bun~
Turns out, both my sis & her bf knew her and started chatting away, so I jumped on the opportunity to interrupt their conversation and snap a few shots of her… Forget about the formal introduction, that can come later :p

Dress: Illustrator ~ You can find her work here!
Dress: H&M
My personal fav: Whistle necklace

Monday, 19 March 2012

Toronto in the fog

Camera: Canon TL
Film: Solaris 400
© Photo by Lian Leng
@ Queen Street East

The city suddenly became so foggy .... gorgeous

Tiffany & Kevin

Camera: Hasselblad 503CX + Carl Zeiss 80mm f2.8
Film: Kodak Portra 400 NC
© Photo by Lian Leng
@ Downtown Camera

This is where I get my film developed!
Tiffany works there, and I've always wanted to take a picture of her but never dared to ask. That was back in the days when I didn't have my blog and thought approaching strangers to ask for their pictures might come off as slightly.... creepy?  But now I can, hah!
Kevin's a photographer as well, obviously a customer there.

Occupation: Photographer/writer (Kevin), Seamstress & staff @ Downtown camera (Tiffany)
Favorite item: Dress from the Clothing show
My personal fav: Her glasses from Henry's Optical 

Girl @ the intersection

Camera: Canon TL & Hasselblad
Film: Solaris 400 & Portra 400 CN
© Photo by Lian Leng

 @ Queen St. West

Up until now, I've always been complaining about how the lights are way too short on University and Queen. 
But you know what, it turns out to be the best spot to trap people half way through the crossing.
5 seconds left, 4, 3, 2, 1 .... and there we were, the two of us in the middle of the intersection.
Such a sweet heart! Really liked her yellow/green pairing. 

Phillip & Andy

Camera: Canon TL & Hasselblad
Film: Solaris 400 & Portra 400 CN
© Photo by Lian Leng

@ Queen St. West

So pleased to have found these two! They totally stood out among the crowd. 
Despite the fact that I always promise the people I approach that "it'll only take 5min", I think I must have spent 15min with them, trying to get as many shots as possible.

(My favorite part in these shots --> Andy's reflection in the window ~)

Occupation: Student in advertising & Fashion intern at Flare (Phillip, left); Visual @ Harry Rossen (Andy, right)
Favorite items: Prada shoes from Harry Rossen (Phillip); Rag & bone jacket from Holt Renfrew (Andy). 

Asia Clarke & Ify Ekoh

Camera: Canon TL & Hasselblad
Film: Solaris 400 & Portra 400 CN 
© Photo by Lian Leng
© Illustration by Qin Leng 
@ Queen St. West
I first saw Asia, waiting by herself near the streetcar stop. I was so worried she's hop into a streetcar that I kept turning back and making sure that I'd have enough time to approach her and snap a few shots before the streetcar came. Luckily for me, she was just waiting for a friend. Really talented girl who's made all her jewels (rose earrings a necklace). You can find them on her website http://wildmoonjewelry.com/
You can imagine my excitement when her friend arrived and also turned out to be great photo material!

Occupation: Jewelry designer (Asia), Student (Ify)
Favorite items: Army jacket that happens to have her name sowed on! Got it from Pretty Freedom in Kensington market, where you can also find her jewelry. 
Vintage pants (Ify).
Bag: Zara (Ify)
Necklace: BCBG (Ify)

Vera Voss & Wolf Spitzerr

Camera: Canon TL & Hasselblad
Film: Solaris 400 & Portra 400 CN
© Photo by Lian Leng

@ Ruins ~ Queen St. West

Absolutely loved shooting these two. I can't put my hands on it, but there's just something really unique about them. I gotta say the last shot is one of my favorite.

Occupation: Insurance investigator (Vera), Chemist/tennis blogger/designed clothes from the store Ruins
Favorite items: Pizza wallet (Vera) and by the way, she's the one who decided to put it in the bicycle basket for the shot. Great idea!    Tibetan pendant (Wolf) that he got from... not Tibet but Mexico; and his jacket that he designed.

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