2014 Emerging Photography Contender: Colin Boyd Shafer

For Cosmopolis Toronto, Canadian photographer Colin Boyd Shafer chronicles the diversity of the modern metropolis by creating portraits of immigrant individuals hailing from each country around the globe. With each frame, he captures his subject in a location where they have found a sense of belonging and familiarity. 

Nadia (Born in Bangladesh) at her regular subway station

Nadia (Born in Bangladesh) at her regular subway station

Writes Shafer in his Artist Statement, “Through photographing over 190 individuals in a spot where they feel most comfortable, I discovered that the answers to what makes this diverse city home are as complicated as we are. The places where individuals in the city find comfort – find home – are clear statements of our diversity. From a living room to a subway car, each location is distinct, revealing unique lived realities and personal histories.”

Tsugumi (Born in Japan) with her greatest accomplishments

Tsugumi (Born in Japan) with her greatest accomplishments

Nava (Born in Israel) in her fine art studio

Nava (Born in Israel) in her fine art studio

All images © Colin Boyd Shafer 

Each week, Feature Shoot editors showcase the work of one photographer who has applied to the Emerging Photography Awards in order to highlight the diverse array of applications we receive. This is not an endorsement of the photographer for the award.