Henri Cartier-Bresson once said about W. Eugene Smith’s photographs that ‘They are taken between the shirt and the skin.’ He was also quoted in LIFE saying ‘You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.’
I moved to the city of Toronto in 1994 to attend Ryerson University’s Image Arts: Still Photography program. The city became my subject matter, my muse, and I set about trying to photograph it ‘between the shirt and the skin.’ I love Toronto; it’s spaces and the people that fill them. This is how I see the city and enjoy my time here. The images on these pages are more than a photo blog. They are my treasured memories. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them.
R. Jeanette Martin is a freelance photojournalist formerly based in Toronto where she spent a decade photographing for NOW Magazine, Toronto’s alt weekly. Currently based out of Gabriola in BC, her work has been published in NOW Magazine, Xtra!, Toronto Life, Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Spacing, In Toronto, on the websites for Demotix, The Huffington Post and Yonge Street Media as well as being broadcast in a short documentary about Justin Trudeau on the CBC.
She provided the cover image for ‘City Voices: A book of monologues by Toronto artists’ as well as the soon-to-be published ‘Shelter in a Storm’ from UBC Press. Her gallery shows include a solo exhibit entitled ‘My Roots are Showing’ (2003) at Gallery X in Toronto as well as contributing 10 images to the 3rd year gallery show and book for the ’10×10 Photography Project’ (2013) exhibited at the Gladstone Hotel.
She is also the official photographer for the TREE Fund’s annual STIHL Tour des Trees bike rally fundraiser.