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GIRL VS. GYM: Reebok Nano 7 x Crossfit

Photography by Jeff Stiggs

I have a sorted history with exercise – I don’t do it nearly enough (or consistently). It’s hard finding time to eat right, be active, and find something that you love fitting into your schedule. I hopped on over to the Reebok Cross Fit Gym in Liberty Village (Toronto), and was greeted by the loveliest (and some of the most fit) people to walk us through the Nano 7 shoe. Having consumed a whole bunch of energy prior to the session (read: banana), I was ready to burn some calories. Read on to witness my sweat fest (haha):

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All the Little Things – TITIKA Active

Long live the accessory.

As we grumble and trudge our way through this last gasp of winter, accessories have dutifully made the past three months a little less miserable. Your gloves that keep you warm, your scarf that keeps your face from freezing. Your yoga towel that lets you focus on trying to twist yourself into a pretzel, instead of worrying about slipping on your own sweat.

Accessories pack a ton of weight in one small punch. They are the backbone of any outfit, essential and easily forgotten. The things you toss on the floor or shove in your closet without thinking about it.

If I sound weirdly grateful, it’s because this is the coldest — and therefore most discouraging — week before spring finally makes an appearance. The two-minute walk to the subway stop / neighbourhood supermarket / gym have been an impossible task for weeks. Things like your social life, cooking your own meals, and “working out” all feel completely unnecessary on your shoulders on top of work. And that weird, guilt-joy feeling when you and your friend mutually agree to bail on drinks.

Myself and at least three other coworkers have been showing up to work in the same black-on-black uniform. We keep a tally. Commiseration, you know.

But accessories. When I get ready to leave the house, putting each of them on feels like saying a silent morning affirmation. They make you feel ready. Earmuffs for the stupidly fierce windchill, a water bottle for those notoriously long conference calls, the everything-bag that keeps you organized. Long live the accessory.

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ROGUE STORIES x Darius Bashar

A huge thank you to Darius Bashar for capturing me one winter afternoon. His intense dedication to his work and craft is nothing short of admirable. If I could have an once of that ongoing mental conversation on a day to day basis…well…I could only imagine what one could be capable of.

To see his full post, head here.

 

There is no right or wrong in photography. Everyone has their own aesthetic sensibilities and taste. This can be a frustrating discovery, but it can also be a liberating one. The human brain seeks closure. The human heart seeks certainty and conviction. But the soul is wiser than both. It transcends binary human constructs such as right and wrong. When I realized both Gloria and I could be “right”, I had to also accept that there is no objectively perfect photograph. At that moment I felt untethered and free. The feeling was fleeting, but it planted a seed inside me. It made me realize that trying to get to a place, where everyone felt the same way about my work, is a terrible trajectory. I can’t control any of that. So now, I had to find a better plan – one that relied less on the external world. 

 

More photos after the jump:

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