These photographs are made along the waterfront in Toronto. Life flourishes in this tiny sliver of public space sandwiched between Lake Ontario and the Gardiner Expressway. The highway pulses with a steady stream of cars in contrast to the waves gently lapping against the shoreline, while people carve out their own spaces between these ever-present forces. At times, this area feels like a respite from the city, while in other moments it’s a bustling ecosystem of lakeside activity.

I initially began photographing this area in 2020 during the pandemic, as I live nearby and regularly walk these routes. It was only in 2022 that I started approaching people to chat and potentially make a photograph together. I’m fascinated by this complex relationship between nature and the urban landscape, how people use this space, and how these dynamics can be represented in a photograph. I also just love spending time here.