Crosswords While Walking

Kind of a funny street shot I took this summer. I’m not sure how stoked this guy was I was taking his picture haha. He couldn’t have cared too much thought, because he didn’t say anything to me :).

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I was walking across the Centre Street Bridge here in Calgary the other day and I saw this guy walking up the bridge doing a crossword puzzle while walking! I put my camera up to my face and kept walking in his direction waiting for him to put his face up to see where he was going like a whale in the sea bobbing up for air haha. As soon as that face popped up, CLICK! Gotchya! And I just kept on walking haha. His facial expression is hilarious, because he seems to be confused as to why there is a camera in his face rather than another zombie faced pedestrian haha. I love these little street photography interactions with people :).

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Thanks for stopping by, Rob

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Jeremy – Neighbour to the Stars!

Ok, so maybe “stars” is a bit of a stretch, like how my muscles are exactly like that of a professional wrestler’s haha. Alright, so maybe Jeremy isn’t the neighbour to any stars, but the neighbour of a hyper active photographer who walks up to strangers on the street, asks them to take their picture and to answer a bunch of his silly questions haha. Yes, Jeremy is MY neighbour and dare I say my friend.

Now the thing with interviewing Jeremy is I know him, so while conducting the interview I might not have asked him the follow up questions I normally would have. So I will tell you a bit about him. Jeremy is a writer for the Metro Newspaper and I don’t mind saying he is a very good one. He is also a father and by my calculations a freewheeling hipster of dad at that haha. This sleeve tattoo having, bearded baseball fanatic, bike riding in a suit dude is one cool guy and one of the best neighbours I have had the pleasure of living beside. Here is what Jeremy had to say :).

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1. Where are you from?
A small town north of Edmonton.

Rob: What’s it called?

Jeremy: Morinville, Alberta.

2. So how did you end up in Calgary?
I came for journalism school in 2002, and just ended up staying.

Rob: Nice!

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Ya I love it here, I love the people, the communities, the vibe of the city is good and ya, it’s an easy place, , or I shouldn’t say it’s an easy place, but it’s a good place to do creative work I find. 

4. What do you like to do for fun?
Ahh, good question. I like photography, I like cycling and Calgary is getting better cycling infrastructure, so that’s good. 

Rob: Even in the winter?

Jeremy: Ya! In the winter I get studded tires.

Rob: Nice! You get chains on the tires? (tongue in cheek 😉 )

Jeremy: No chains, (laughter) but studded tires.

Rob: So your a Calgary Stud basically? 

Jeremy: Ya I guess so. (laughter)

Rob: You ride around town, “Check out the stud!” (laughter)

Jeremy: Well actually I shouldn’t say I have studded tires, I used to have them. The ones I have now don’t have studs, but they’re winter tires basically. Like you get winter tires for your car, these are winter tires for your bike.

Rob: Nice.

5. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
It’s an energetic city, a young city and a changing city. 

6. Have you ever ridden a horse?
I have ridden a horse, just a few times, but not very well I don’t think and not for a long time! (laughter)

7. Anything you’d like to add?
I love Calgary, but wish it had a pro baseball team! I’d love to see that happen again one day.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to me Jeremy! See ya around the hood 😉

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

* I was in a bit of rush when I was talking to Jeremy and I totally forgot to get a body shot of him! I’ll get him in a street shot another day ;).

* * You can follow Jeremy on Twitter at @klaszus.

Ramah – Sudan to Calgary

I met this fellow on a popular pathway by the river near Edwothy Park. I had just arrived, got my stuff ready and he was the first person to walk in my direction. While he was walking towards me I noticed he was wearing headphones, so my first thought was to just let him pass by, but I made the split second decision to just walk over to him, get his attention and then tell him what I was up to. Right when I stopped him and he took off his head phones I could tell he was a nice guy. I told him what was up and he happily agreed to participate. Here is what Ramah had to say.

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1. Where are you from?
I’m from Sudan.

2. Sudan! Awesome, wow. So how did you end up in Calgary?
We came here because my brother was born disabled, so we had to move to Canada for his surgery.

3. Oh wow! So why Calgary of all places?
We have family here.

4. Do you like living in Calgary?
Ya it’s a quite place. Lots of nice views and stuff. 

5. Is there anything in particular you like about the city?
I just like walking through downtown, meeting new people and stuff.

Rob: I’m the same way, I enjoy the same thing :). 

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6. What do you like to do for fun?
Well I’m here to do cross-country at Edworthy Park. 

Rob: Oh is that right? Ok cool, like cross-crounty, , , ahhh

Ramah: Cross-country running.

Rob: Oh awesome, good for you.

7. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
You have to see the scenes. 

8. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes.

9. Anything you’d like to add?
Calgary’s a great place to meet new people and, , , ya that’s it. 

Thank you for taking the time to talk to me Ramah and I wish all the best for you and your family in Canada.

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

Cecilia – Writing in Cosmopolitan Calgary

I ran into Cecilia at one of my favourite photo spots in the city, Crescent Road at the top of McHugh Bluff Park. I had just arrived there and got all my stuff ready to go when I saw Cecilia walking towards me. I said to my self, “this girl looks like the prefect candidate”. I walked over to her and told her what I was up to and if she was interested in participating, clearly she was and I couldn’t have been happier. I love it when the first person I ask says yes :).

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1. Where are you from?
I’m from Calgary.

2. And have you lived here all your life?
I have!

Rob: Wow, that’s rare (laughter). 

Cecilia: Ya, it is. 

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
I do.

4. What do you like to do for fun?
I like writing books, walks, nature.

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Rob: Did you say writing? 

Cecilia: Ya.

Rob: Oh your a writer! 

Cecilia: I am :).

Rob: Oh that’s awesome! So have you had anything published yet?

Cecilia: No not yet, I write short films. 

Rob: Oh no way, that’s cool! Any where we can find you yet? 

Cecilia: Not yet! I’m still in college, so I’m working on it. 

Rob: Oh that’s cool, good for you. What’s your last name? I’m gonna keep an eye out for you.

Cecilia: Wright.

Rob: Alright cool. 

5. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Energetic. . . And energy, because you know, downtown and all that. It’s just growing and young, there’s just so much here. 

6. Have you ever ridden a horse?
I have :).

Thank you for taking the time to talk to me Cecilia! Keep being so nice and all the best with your writing! ;).

Back in the mix with Bobbie!

Hey everyone! As you might have noticed I took an extended break from this blog. I needed to focus my attention on some other projects I had on the go. I have finally wrapped up a few things and now have some free time to get this baby back in action! So with that, here’s a conversation I had with this lovely woman named Bobbie :).

I hope I spelled “Bobbie” right!

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1. Where are you from?
Redwood Meadows.

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
Opportunity.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Yes.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
I like the dynamic quality of people here, people are generally happy and able to move with life, and people in Calgary are active.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
We spend a lot of time in the mountains. 

Rob: Nice! Banff, Canmore and all that? 

Bobbie: Yes, Kananaskis.

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
An energetic, entrepreneurial, young city.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes 🙂

* I doubt Bobbie will ever read this, because it was AGES ago that I interviewed her. If you do find this Bobbie, THANK YOU! And sorry for the delay haha ;).

Matthew – Loves Diverse Calgary

I met Matthew the same day I met the last guy, Joe. In fact I talked to 3 people that day :). When I approached Matthew he was with a friend. I had asked both of them if they wanted to be interviewd, but only Matthew was up for it. 1 is better than none! Here is what Matthew had to say.

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1. Where are you from?
Originally from Calgary. You want to know my ancestors?

Rob: Sure!

Matthew: My mom’s Romanian and my dads Italian, so we have that ethnic background which is why I love Calgary, a lot. And I speak Italian.

Rob: Cool! So are you the first born Canadian in your family? 

Matthew: Ya, my mom is from Romania and my dad is from Northern Italy, so ya it’s a cool mix. They love Calgary as well.

Rob: Ya it’s a good spot. So you’ve lived there all your life then? 

Matthew: Yes I have, well actually I lived in Florida for a bit, it’s totally different. I’m not gonna lie, I actually like it here a lot more. The people are a lot better, a lot more intuitive and I feel like they are a lot smarter and a lot more diverse.

Rob: So you like living in Calgary then.

Matthew: Ya I love Calgary.

Rob: So what is about living in Calgary that you like exactly, besides great people.

Matthew: I like the environment. I like the night life, it’s cool you get to meet a lot of new people. And also the air, it feels a lot healthier and a lot more fresh. I also like the views.

2. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to play instruments. The music scene here is pretty good.

Rob: Cool, what do you play?

Matthew: I play the guitar and piano, although I am trying to produce in my off time. I also like the bar and club scene.

3. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Defiantly not a hick town! It’s very different. There are so many different types of people here. You get a peace of everything, of every culture and every walk of life, so that’s what I love.

Rob: Great, me too! I’m with ya there.

4. Have you ever ridden a horse?
No I haven’t. (Laughter). People think it’s all about cowboys and it’s not haha.

5. Anything you’d like to add?
For people who don’t really know much about Calgary, it’s not really that isolated and it’s a modern city, so you’ll definitely like that aspect. Everything is here and you can try so many different things here and that’s why I would recommend Calgary.

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Thank you for taking the time to talk to me Matthew! 🙂

 

 

 

Joe – Checking Out Calgary

I was recently contacted by a lovely woman by the name of Shiva Jahanshah about about doing a little profile on me and this blog for her TV show (“Who’s Who”). Of course I said I would be up for such a thing and we made arrangements to meet. When we met we did a quick interview and then they filmed me doing my thing talking to Strangers. Joe was the first person I had asked and he agreed to do it! Right after I was done talking to Joe, Shiva did a quick wrap up with him for the show. Here is what Joe had to say :). 

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1. Where are you from?
Vancouver.
Rob: Hey me too!

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
Well for school, for work, new opportunities and just for a change.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
It’s not bad, it’s ok.

4. What is it about Calgary that you do like or don’t like?
Well it’s one tax.
Rob: It’s one tax! Ya that’s good thing 🙂

Joe: And what I don’t like, it’s that they have pretty crapy restaurants here.
Rob: Is that right! haha. Oh that’s terrible haha.

5. And how about the weather? You like the weather? Because I’m from Vancouver too, I know how it is.
I think I prefer the weather here, because it’s cold, but it doesn’t rain so I think it’s better.
Rob: REALLY! Wow, I’m amazed by that.
Joe: That’s a first right.
Rob: Ya for sure! (1st from a Vancouver Person)

6. So what do you like to do for fun?
I don’t know, everything!
Rob: Everything! haha. Nice, do you ever get out to the mountains?
Joe: Sometimes.

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
I don’t know? A lot of oil and gas money. Rich in natural resources.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
No.

8. Anything you’d like to add?
I don’t know, it’s not a bad city.
Rob: I agree. Thank you Joe 🙂

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Onces the show airs I’ll post a link for you guys to check out ;).

Thanks again for talking to me Joe.

And thank you so much for reaching out to me Shiva! I had a wonderful time doing the show.

Madison – Calgary Makeup Artist

One day not too long ago I was kicking around Instagram and I came across one of Madison’s pictures. That picture lead me to her feed and I started to follower her on Instagram. After seeing a bunch of great photos of her there, one day I commented that she should be on this site and if she would be interested in doing such a thing. To my delight she said she would! So after a few emails we sorted out a date and met up in MacKenzie Towne.

We met at the Second Cup coffee shop on High Street. I got there first and when Madison came in she ordered and then walked over to the table I was at. I got up to shaker her hand and she was going for the hug, it was kind of funny but it gets better. I thought, oh ok we’re hugging it out, cool. Then mid hug I proceeded to step on her beautiful shoes LOL. SMOOTH! This first interaction made me laugh so I thought I’d share it with you guys. Sorry about that Madison! haha 😉

Once settled, we hung out and had a wonderful conversation and got to know each other a little before we did the interview. Madison is very friendly and super easy to talk too. I really enjoyed the conversation we had and the photo shoot was fun too! Here is what she had to say.

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* The lighting situation was a little difficult for this shot because it was raining and we had to shoot in this covered area with some bad lighting over top. I used a silver reflector to camera left to try and fill in some of the shadows.

1. Where are you from?
Calgary, Alberta.

2. Nice, have you lived here all of your life?
Yes I have.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
I love living in Calgary.

4. What is it that you love about Calgary?
I guess the thing I love about Calgary the most is just family. I think when you grow up rooted in a place with everyone around, you fall in love with it for that reason I guess. And I think the beauty of Calgary, just hot in the summer and I like the cold in the winter, and I think most people would like it if they physically didn’t have to drive to work and they could just watch it out there window or go outside midday and like make snow angles or whatever they would do. (laughter).

5. Is there anything that you don’t like about Calgary? Or do you just love it all? Most people would have a problem with the winter, but not you 🙂
Ya, that’s definitely not an issue for me. I think that you should appreciate everything about where you are and so many people focus on the negatives. I think winter is beautiful and it would be better if I didn’t have to drive in it to get to work, one day maybe. I guess about Calgary, the one thing I don’t like is how separated sometimes it is.

Rob: Ya, like how spread out it is?

Madison: Ya, so like in a scence I loved when after flood, how everyone came together and it was amazing. I wish there was more of that I guess, as a posed to just individual communities. Because you go to a new community and your not really involved in it.

Rob: Ya I get that.

6. What do you like to do for fun?
I guess my career (make up artistry) is what I like to do for fun. Like with make up and making women feel beautiful with them selfs and confident, that’s what I love to do. And it’s funny, because I actually originally was going into accounting and I left accounting to pursue cosmetics. So I guess I was always interested in it and fashion, and now that’s what I do all the time. 

Rob: Ya I couldn’t see you being an accountant (laughter). I just can’t picture it, you sitting behind a desk crunching numbers (laughter).

Madison: Ya you grow up and people ask you, “What are you good at?” and I was good at math, so I had a list of careers and I’m like, “Ok I’ll do that” and I went 2 years and I’m like “This is not for me”. And now I’m doing what I absolutely love and what I’m passionate about and that’s what matters.

Rob: Nice, that’s cool. You made the right choice.

7. If you had to describe Calgary to someone what would you say?
I would say, Calgary, it’s such a mix of people, which is great because you have almost every kind of culture, which I think it’s the coolest thing. Because it’s not just a stereotype, it’s absolutely everyone. So cultured, you learn so many things and I think you learn to appreciate people and just everything they have to off and bring to the table. It gives you the experience to learn different cultures and you take away what you want from it and then you can be a better person because of it almost. (In a joking sappy voice) That’s why I love Calgary. (laughter)

Rob: Nice, good answer 🙂

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8. Have you ever ridden a horse?
I have, I actually went to horse camp when I was younger (laughter). 

Rob: What! Horse camp? Ok tell me more about horse camp, I gotta know (laughter).

Madison: Ok, so it’s actually camp Chief Hector is what the camp’s called. You do horse back trips and it’s like a 5 day trip and it’s like an excurtion almost so you have backpacks that you carry and you like camp up and build tents and fires and everything. You tie your horse up.

Rob: YOU!

Madison: (laughter) Ya I did this.

Rob: I can’t even picture that a tiny  bit. You with a backpack on a horse going camping (laughter).

Madison: I did do this. I lasted and I made it up all the mountains we had to climb and ya. It was good. Horse back riding is so much fun. If I had more time, I’d like to play with that a little more, because it was really fun now that I’m thinking back on that. I did like that, I think I just like animals though.

Rob: Nice.

9. Anything you’d like to add?
Hmm… I don’t know. I guess really we are talking about Calgary and honestly I think it’s one of the best places. I have been to a lot of the US and even a little bit of Western Canada, I can’t say I’ve went more eastern, but it’s just the most excepting and I find culturely diverse areas and I love that about it. 

Rob: Nice, thanks for doing this.

Madison: No worries, I love doing stuff like this.

* The most fun I had out of all these Calgary strangers so far 🙂 Thanks again Madison, it was nice to meet you.

* You can find Madison on Facebook HERE.

Shane – A New Calgary Journalist

One day last week I posted a tweet on twitter saying how I needed to go out and find someone for this blog. I quickly got a reply from Shane volenteering to do it! So with that we arranged to meet on Saturday and we did the interview. Here is what Shane had to say.

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1. Where are you from?
Well I jokingly like to call my self a minority in my own land, as I was actually born in raised in Calgary.

– Rob: Haha nice, that’s a good one.

2. So do you like living in Calgary?
Well for the most part there is always something to do in town. But the one bummer about living in Calgary is sometimes when you rely on public transit, if your trying to get from suburb to suburb you need to make sure you leave early, because it’s going to be awhile. But transportation issues aside Calgary is a great place to live.

3. What is about Calgary that you like? or Don’t like? You choose.
Well what I particularly like about Calgary and what I don’t think we really get enuf credit for on a national scale is the street festival scene here during the summer. There is always something to do during the week. A lot of people get together. There is always a central theme and that kind of thing. And my self being a web producer for a music magazine, I partiularly dig the Sled Island Festival, and what I like about it is, you may not have heard about much of the artists, but that’s kind of the point, discovering new music.

– Rob: What was the name of the publication you where just talking about?
Beat Root Magazine, we are an independent music publication.

– Rob: And is that local to Calgary?
It’s local and we have an edition in Vancouver as well.

– Rob: Ok cool, and you just gave me this other publication that you where involved in, the Calgary Journal. How did you get involved with these guys?
Well it’s kind mandatory to write for the Calgary Journal because it’s the Mount Royal University Journalism program. So if you want to get that $25,000 piece of paper you kinda have no choice but to write for the Calgary Journal, it’s just the name of the game with that program. A lot of journalism programs have community news papers that they just run in house. Consider it kind of a showcase of young journalists work and there growth if you will.

– Rob: And is it this that led you to the music magazine your working with? Or how did that come about?
Your on the ball actually, my job a Beat Route Magazine kind of fell on my lap. When I was a news intern at the Calgary Journal, at the time our production manager Brad Simm, he’s also the publisher at Beat Route Route Magazine and he knew I was pretty savvy in terms of working with digital media and being the word smith that I am, so he offered, I took it and 2 and half years later I’m still with Beat Route.

– Rob: Nice. You also have a blog, I checked it out quickly. What kind of stuff do you got going on there?
Yes, Pronounced Floog. Well regretfully I haven’t written anything there in about a month. It’s just a personal blog, I don’t have a lot of high hopes for it. It’s just intended for my twitter adiunce and facebook friends, that kind of thing. Sometimes I write a little bit of humour and other times I write opinions.

– Rob: Or impressions perhaps? (I saw a video of one on his blog before the interview)
And voice impressions, Metallica (Shane starts screaming loudly and we are standing beside a gas station in public! haha) YA, YAAAA, OUWA!

– Rob: haha Ok your freaking me out! (laughter) I’m just kidding.

4. I also noticed on your blog you had a picture of your self with a camera, so are you a bit of a photographer too then?
Well I see your a Canon guy, but you’ll hate to hear I’m a bit of Nikon guy.

– Rob: I dont have problem with Nikon.
You don’t have a problem with that, ok that’s good. I know there’s a bit of a rivalry going on there. But anyway, I suppose I’m a bit of an ameture photographer. My specailty would have to be action photography. It’s pretty simple, it’s just f8 and you go from there. Just shoot the hell out of the event and hope for the best and usally get something good.

– Rob: Haha Spray and Pray I think they call it.
Is that the term?

– Rob: Ya haha.
Alright, I learned something today on my end too.

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5. Alright so what do you like to do for fun?
For fun particularly I enjoy a game of pool it’s sort of thinking mans game but it’s a lot more socailble then say chess. You can drink a beer and just shoot the stuff with the guy your playing with. So I enjoy pool. I need to get better at it, but when I can I also enjoy fishing as well. And my Final Fantasy days are over at this point in my life, but I do play some PS3 once in a while.

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Well it’s huge, to say the least. But it’s a very homely city for it’s size, it’s very neighbourly, the people are nice and it’s kind of one of those city where you can leave your jacket in the bar to go to the bathroom and not be to worried about it being stolen from you and that sort of thing. It’s a very friendly city that way. And we do have a really thriving arts and culture scene in Calgary, but like I said before I don’t think we get a lot of credit for it on the national level, because you your self probably discovered while doing your blog, there is more to us than just cowboys, stampede and our fossil fuel economy.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Does pony count?

– Rob: Ya I’d say a pony counts, it’s kind of a horse, a small horse haha.
Ok close enuf haha. I was a small lad at the time.

– Rob: There you go! So it’s all relative then?

8. Anything you’d like to add?
Just keep up the good work with your blog. It’s a very fascinating concept. I mean not only are profiling, just telling some great stories of people, just for being them selfs and that kind of thing. And we are watching your growth as well as a new Calgarian who discovers more and more. And there is just a lot more to us than Stampede.

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That’s it for Shane, you can find him on twitter at @sflug. Thanks for volunteering to talk to me Shane! 😉

Lara Presber – Calgary Fashion Designer

Last week I was kicking around twitter looking for Calgary fashion designers and I came across Lara’s profile. I followed her and we exchanged a few messages regarding her work and my photography. It wasn’t long before the idea to have her on this blog entered my mind. I told her about the project as best I could in 140 characters and she liked the idea and agreed to participate.

I met Lara at her studio downtown the following day. She’s got a great spot in an old row of buildings in a rather central location. When I arrived we hung out and chatted for a bit about Calgary and a few other random things. The conversation was easy and natural, so much in fact I had to interrupt the conversation to get the interview going before I had all the answers to my questions before I had the chance to ask them. Here is what she had to say.

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1. Where are you from ?
I am from a lot of places haha.

2. What would you concider your home ? Is Calgary home ?
I’ve spent the most time in Calgary than any where else that I have lived.

3. Where else have you lived ?
Well I was born in Saskatchuwan, but I grew up in Calgary and then since I’ve lived in Pakistan, Boston, Milan and I studied in Paris for a little while.

Rob: Nice! So your well traveled.

Lara: I like to travel, ya.

4. So Pakistan, how did you end up in Pakistan from Calgary ?
It was with my family when I was in high school. My father took a job with CITA, the Canadian International Development Agency. So our whole family moved, it was supposed to be for a year and then we were evacuated due to the Gulf War.

Rob: WHAT! “Evacuated”!?

Lara: Ya, but it was good. It was when I was 17 and I think that’s such a pivotal time in life to do something so. . . crazy.

Rob: Wow.

Lara: It was like, you know they talk about those moments which change your life? Like that was just, I don’t know, just flipped the switch of what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it.

Rob: That’s crazy! Really cool.

5. Then you were off to Boston ? How did you end up there and what were you doing in Boston ?
I went to school in Boston and I studied architecture there. I was there for a total of 10 years. I just wanted to stay and pay off all my student loans while I was in the US and get my architect licence, because you know everything in the US is in feet and inches and if I took the test there it was in feet an inches, where as if I took it in Canada it was in metric. I know the metric system, but designing buildings in metric is very different as in imperial. So ya, I spent 10 years there.

6. You go there (Boston), then you do some more studying in Milan and Paris, so why did you move back to Calgary ?
Well I was gone for about a dozen years and I think you just reach the point where you just can’t rent anymore apartments, lease anymore cars and have temporary work visas and I just really wanted to come back to Canada. I wasn’t sure where in Canada, but I was ready to come back. I think you gain so much perspective and such a greater appreciation for your country when you spend so much time from the outside looking in.

7. I probably should have mentioned this earlier, your a fashion designer, how did you get into that ?
It was something that I always wanted to do and growing up in Calgary becoming a fashion designer seemed really unattainable, it seemed impractical and there really wasn’t anybody here to act as a mentor. So I thought I would be practical and just become and architect, because I was interested in both. So after practicing architecture in Boston for 10 years I kind of reached a pivital point where I thought, “I don’t think I like this anymore, I want to try something else,” and I wanted to try fashion and just either do it or not do it and kind of put it to bed. So I took a one year spabatical from architecture to study fashion and it felt really good. So I came back to Canada and launched my own line and continued to practice architecture and now I kind of do them both at the same time.

8. So back to Calgary, what is it about Calgary that you like?
(laughter) That’s a hard question. I think the one thing I really enjoy about this city is the potential. I mean how often do you live in a city with a critical mass of over a million people where the design market isn’t fully saturated. So I think up until this time it’s been really frustrating that everything has just been kind of mediocre, but now that we have so many people from different countries and from different parts of Canada, the expectations of what good design should be, or a good restaurant or good fashion is so elevated that’s its opened the doors for so many people like my self to really grow and expand and experiment.

9. What do you like to do for fun?
Haha I don’t have any extra time for fun. (laughter) No, in the summer I like to ride my bicycle, I like to be outside. We were just talking about winter, in winter I hibernate, I’m not much into winter sports. Ya probably just kind of be outside and enjoy nature.

10. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Oh that’s a really hard. (pause) I don’t even know. . . (pause). I have no idea.

Rob: No idea! ?

Lara: I don’t know it’s like what I was saying earlier. It’s always just kind of been this very business focused city and now it’s kind of exploding with people wanting to put greater value on experiencing culture. The culture here has exploded recently too and again it all comes back to enjoying life, I think. The City is for example, has re-done a lot of the paths and implemented all of these bike lanes and 10 years ago no one would have ridden, other than couriers no one would have ridden a bicycle in downtown Calgary. So it’s nice to see it (Calgary) kind of growing up into a bigger city.

11. How can people find your work ?
Well they can come by the studio. That’s one way. We have a beautiful store front right on the street. A lot of the time people stop and peer in while we are working and wonder what we are doing. But also I have a website for both architecture and fashion, so people can find me online. (www.LaraPresber.com & www.StudioPresber.com)

Rob: And I know you’re on twitter, because that’s how I found you.

Lara: Yes I’m on twitter and facebook.

Lara Presber standing - Calgary Fashion designer - Rob Moses Photography - People of Calgary

Camera: Canon 5D mark iii & 135L – Settings: 1/400th // f2 // ISO 800

Rob: So where can people find you on twitter ?

Lara: Easy, it’s @LaraPresber and same with facebook it’s Lara Presber Clothing.

12. Ok great, so that’s about it. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes I have.

13. Anything you’d like to add?
No (laughter).

Rob: Alright that’s it.

Lara: Come on, everyones ridden a horse in Alberta.

Rob: I have NOT ridden a horse.

Lara: Well you have only been here for a year and half.

– Thank you for taking the time to talk to me Lara, it was fun! 🙂