I wanted to show where I live and what I do on a day to day basis when I go out and take photos. Being an self-taught photographer I have to create my own curriculum for learning and developing my skills. I don’t have teachers to mentor me, classes that give me structure and I won’t come out with a degree in 4 years of walking these streets. I’m not taking anything away from people that go to art school, I think it’s a great. Education is great. There are just as many opportunities for learning outside of a classroom. We just have to be discipline in teaching ourselves and most of all, practising. That goes for everyone. We can learn so much from each other, no matter what level. We are all "students of the game” and we can be each others teachers. Each one, teach one. - Donnel Garcia 


I’ve been out of this neighbourhood for almost 7 years. A lot of my friends that I grew up with still live here. It was changed quite a bit since I was a kid. They tore down a lot of things and built new fancy high rises and village malls. It’s really great for our community. Behind all of that, there’s still the people, the same neighbourhood I grew up in. That’s comprised of immigrant families, family owned businesses, low-income housing etc. Everyone in my neighbourhood lives pretty good despite whatever background we come from or financial status. I hate how the city likes to cover up the old stuff and tries to change the outer appearance of the neighbourhood. They can change the way the ‘hood looks, but you can’t change the 'hood. - Donnel Garcia.