Sunday, October 31, 2010
I had the option of going back to Toronto today or stay an extra 24 hours and photograph the third and final instalment of Ottawa fashion week. I decided to return to Toronto to get a head start on looking for another job. While generally I'm not that career oriented being broke and the thought of moving (which costs money) is a great fire under the butt way of getting motivated. I photographed what I needed to in Ottawa. the Trive catwalk for FAB and the Andrew Majtenyi collection (the paid gigs).
Cat looking outside
"Katie's" Candy Store
Before dropping me off at the Westin to meet up with Andrew, Josie and Patrick we stopped by Katie's candy store to pick up some stuff. I noticed that they sold those ginger gummies, a candy Stacey and I horded and ate on the set of The Thing (prequel). Craft service had brought in a bag of it and I think we hovered around the food table looking for these things.
Katie at the Westin
James at the Westin
The Westin lobby
I arrived to the hotel early and sat in the lobby. Worked on the photo sifting while I waited. We didn't drive home right away. We stopped by the upstairs restaurant where we had the all you can eat breakfast. It was quite good. No oily scrambled eggs at this establishment. We piled food on our plates when one of the servers announced last call for food. I think a wheel barrel would have me get from the restaurant to the car. The eyes may be bigger than the stomach but as William says the cheapo (don't waste food gene) is all powerful. While we didn't have to pay extra for food that we didn't eat, Mom didn't raise a kid that would leave leftovers. You take it, you eat it, or take it to go but don't throw any food. This is especially true if the food is good and it was.
Andrew wanted to hike around (it had just snowed). Walking around muddy trails in dress shoes didn't really appeal to me or Josie. We ended up driving up to Late Meech anyway. To my relief it turned out to be more of a car ride than a hike in some forest.
Patrick, Andrew's fashion developer, came to Canada specifically for the show. We picked him up from the Ottawa airport on Friday and he was flying back later on in the late afternoon. Since we were going on this "hike" I figured we should take photos of Patrick in front of all that we could to prove to people back in England that he was in Canada. Grand vista views and backdrops that people like Enzo appreciate Canada.
The spider in front of the National Gallery
Quebec, a round about
Patrick and the chicken cars
So okay chicken cars are not something I would associate with visiting Canada (until now) but like any place there's the odd thing that one needs to get photos of. The US has the Payday chocolates bars, the Lifesaver holes, Randy's Doughnut sign (which is still on my list to see). London has incredible ice cream with flakey chocolate bars stuck in them, the London Eye, round red mailboxes, streets that are going in the other direction than ours, double decker buses, and labelled genetically modified food.
The Chicken signs up close
The menu associated with the chicken signs.
Patrick in "Canada"
Andrew and Patrick standing on a "Canadian" dock
Nothing says Canada like a picture of a fish.
The weird blue reflection
Patrick and the Canadian weird blue reflection.
Nice landscape type photo
Stopping the car to look around at the lake and woods.
A cottage on a cliff
I tried some poutine at a branch in Toronto and wasn't that impressed.
Working on designs before leaving.
The flying J sign near Napanee... for maybe the last time (N44 15.837 W76 58.054)
Downtown Belleville... it's kind of becoming a ghost town.
The Little Caesar pizza guy.
his cat companion
We started getting hungry around Belleville. It was there that Andrew thought about getting some seafood. Using the GPS we looked for the Lobster Trap supposedly located downtown. If you're using a GPS in Belleville be careful that the map corresponds to the street geography. There were times when the Garmin didn't quite match up and it's not because new streets were added recently.
We finally rolled by the address the GPS spat out only to find no Lobster Trap there. We concluded that it went out of business as a lot of store fronts were boarded up.
Smokehouse Blues - (N44 11.079 W77 23.689) the best smoked meat in all of Ontario
As luck would have it we passed by a smoked meat place on the way to the Lobster Trap that stuck in Andrew's head. We ended up going there when we discovered the seafood option was a no go. In the small parking lot in the back of the restaurant we got out of the car to be bombarded by the best smelling meat food odour ever. I was salivating before even getting to the front door.
Andrew sitting in front of the food we ordered.
Pulled pork sandwich
The pulled pork sandwich as shown above does not come with any sauce on it. This is a good thing. The BBQ sauces, there's more than one, are added separately by you. This is great as you can control the amount and type that go on the meat. No more soggy over saturated pulled pork sandwiches with crappy sauce.
There were two kinds to choose from today. A smoky Kansas city based sauce and a more tomato based sauce inspired by Texas. I really liked the K.C. sauce. The food just melts in your mouth. If you're ever in Belleville, you HAVE TO go to this place. Program the coordinates into your GPS NOW!!! (also note: If you're looking at the Google maps link, you may notice a Syd Silver instead of this smoked meat heaven - the Smokehouse Blues has only been there for two weeks)
They have good chicken wings as well.
On the way back home
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Oh yeah, it's halloween.
In the morning James, Katie and I went to some school where they had pies. I'm sure there was some other thing going on but really who can tell when there are pies at $2 a slice? After filling up on eight dollars worth I was ready to start my fashion filled day.
James and Katie surrounded by kids.
Pies!! Loads of pies!!
Yummy chocolate pies.
Some embassy pies
In case I forget where it is or what it looks like.
So I'm going to write a big thank you to James and Katie (or Katie and James) for allowing me to crash in their wonderfully geeky home, provide tickets and directions for the Ottawa bus, the transport from the venue and inviting me to go to the school of pies with them. You guys are awesome... and yes Ottawa does own a piece of Bagelhot officially.
Ottawa Transit bus tickets.
Bus (N45 24.195 W75 44.038)
Canal (N45 25.466 W75 41.674)
Biking in the rain
The underpass to the Westin Hotel
In the lobby
Along came a spider...
The Andrew Majtenyi collection
Patrick does some last minute alterations
I spent the day behind the scenes photographing models getting ready for Andrew's collection. Hair, make up, getting in and out of clothes, the whole craziness that most people don't see and aren't aware of. What model is getting ready for what catwalk, who is wearing what, does the hair style and make up match, are the clothes ironed, coordinating the team of volunteers required, it's all quite amazing.
I have to say that I was quite impressed with the hair make up teams. They didn't have any real lighting at the National Gallery set up so the hair make up people had to do all their work using work lamps. Work lamps are n0t that great when using on constructions sites but at least you might be able to see where you're hammering in a nail. For make up? A work lamp is terrible. eeesh.
The volunteers for Andrew's collection
To see the entire collection of Andrew Majtenyi for this season (and to purchase prints) go to the Bagelhot Photo Store.
The rest of the day
After the showing of Andrew's collection I figured I'd just take photos from outside the photo pit of the other designer's collections. It's been a while since I've had the chance to do this. Generally I've had to go into "shrimp" mode in the photo pit and stay there in order to take photos of the different collections. You can't just hop in and out of the photo pit willy nilly. You're either in or out. Depending on where you are it's not always possible to get into the pit and generally it's bad photo etiquette to jump in and out during a show as you're moving other photographers around.
Raymond, the other photo thug from Toronto (the other being me).
At one point yesterday some guy jumped into the front of the photo pit photographers to photograph the catwalk. He rudely blocked at least five other cameras that had been in position since the start of the collection. Raymond and I started yelling "Hey, hey HEY!" at him until he moved. I refrained from calling him a douche bag or taking a swipe at him with my monopod. I think some of the hate from Toronto fashion week was coming out. The other photographers from Ottawa were too polite to really get upset. It's from this that Raymond and I designated ourselves as the photo thugs from Toronto.
The photo pit
Lisa Marie Noseworthy
You may know her as the photographer of popular children's books such as "Pigs to Pork"
I want to thank Lisa Marie Noseworthy for her halloween party,the half pizza, and all the cookies to eat (yes even the cracked but fixed with icing ones). Food is such a great thing after a long day of photography.