So Tarek has come to work with us here at the shop. His presence is most welcome, as he brings with him a certain charm and wit that meshes quite well with the rest of the oddballs here.
Our boss asked him to write a little tidbit about himself to introduce him to the internet world, and he came up with this fantastic itemized list of facts, which you all may find as great as I do…
“I started at Photoworks in February and immediately knew how to pronounce “giclée” from my upbringing in my native (bilingual) land of Canada. Off-duty I enjoy shooting candid photos of strangers and listening to records and the radio. I am a very cheap person — and therefore I like to develop my own film, spend weekends at flea markets and eat 1/2 sandwiches from M & L (editor’s note: M & L is around the corner from PW, everyone should go there at least once, free cookies!)
I like it when you drop off lots of film — it motivates the young Canuck!
RANDOM FACTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
• I have lived in six different cities but this is my first stay in the U.S.A.. I am trying to fit in by not using Canadian words like washroom, double-double (coffee talk for 2 creams/2 sugars) and tuque (winter hat).
• I helped run a community/college radio station for the last 2.5 years in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I managed 65+ shows and over 150 volunteers — definitely a good training for meeting all the different customer styles at PW.
• I own a goat sweater. (Editor’s note: This is a great sweater, he’s never worn it to work… Why?)
• My favorite films are Kodak Tri-X and Fuji 800Z.
• I once fainted in my home darkroom — no ventilation and a fast-approaching deadline for a bunch of 16 x 20″ prints are a bad combo.
• I prefer street photography. Unstaged, candid moments are my favorite. Trying to capture a strong image from something you can’t control is addictive…a good way to explore the city too.
• I once spent a lot of time in laundry mats and documented what I saw. (Editor’s note: This is actually very interesting and the artistic statement is worth a read!)
• A customer called me Tarmac on the phone and repeated this creative interpretation when meeting me at the store. It was beautiful.
He meant to write:
“Lots of love,
Welcome to the shop buddy.