Late night pool hopping in Canada with photographer Mike Morris.
Mike Morris has spent years honing his craft in an attempt to portray the fringe, underexposed stories of his native city, Toronto. In recent years, Canada’s largest city has been thrust into the global spotlight, a post-industrial hub that is slowly becoming gentrified, filling with artisanal food boutiques and identical condo complexes, skyscrapers populating the skyline at a rapid rate. Beneath this shiny veneer, however, Morris knows there are narratives worth exploring, people worth exploring. Whether this be from behind bars as he works as a bartender, photographing the patrons and his friends, or as he roams the streets capturing unknown subjects, he is aware of how “each person reads differently from one image to the next”, highlighting the joy of observing “the passage of time and try[ing] to capture them from moment to moment”. Morris’ work stunningly balances the motif of capturing people both as individuals and as part of a wider collective, his photographs exuding a sense of human warmth and familiarity.