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 based in Toronto. Her work has been published in NOW Magazine, Xtra!, Toronto Life, Spacing, In Toronto and on the websites for Demotix, The Spade Magazine and Yonge Street Media. She is also the official photographer for the TREE Fund’s annual STIHL Tour des Trees bike rally fundraiser.