As I continue my journey of exploring my new home of Kingston, Ontario by getting out and meeting people through my camera lens, I am constantly amazed at the genuine smiles I am capturing. Only three people of about 50 have said ‘No.’ I believe it was my approach, not explaining myself well enough. That happens, we all get tongue-tied. I’m not going to say it is not disappointing but I realize not everyone likes having his or her photo taken. It is the ones who allow me into their lives that compel me to continue this project. I find myself being curiouser and curiouser about this vibrant community and look for events within the city. I am lucky here, as there are almost too many events to attend. Being in a crowd and searching for that unique individual is exquisite.
Last week, I attended the Canada Day celebrations and the Pan Am Multicultural Event at Fort Henry. Both days were beautiful, weather-wise and the fort was filled with positive energy. I have to say besides the fireworks, the torch entering the fort carried by Kingston native Michele Kehoe was exhilarating. The people attending lined the route to the stage for the lighting of the torch bowl! Flags were waving and people were cheering.The energy was so high it was almost as if one’s feet were lifted off the ground.
Afterwards I was able to speak with Michele, a bubbly 20–something year old with a definite passion for her hometown and the support she received. Her enthusiasm boiled over as she spoke of her journey to become one of Kingston’s torchbearers. “It was a surreal moment when I read the email that said I was not only to be a torch bearer but THE final torch bearer. I must of read that email 100 times!” Congratulations Michele. You make your city proud!