With 15 years of experience under his belt, urban photographer Bora certainly knows his way around the city. Based in Toronto, his compositions continuously demonstrate his expertise for visual storytelling.
According to Bora, the secret is to utilize his own perspective while keeping the audience’s experience in mind. The result is eye-popping cityscapes that will never give you FOMO — after all, you’ll always feel like you’re there by his side.
What inspired this particular project?
To tell you the truth, the city inspired this entire collection. I’ve been working on it for a couple of years now. There is something completely new and fresh when the city is blanketed by the elements like snow or rain. I always wanted to share that feeling that I got by being out there in the streets during those times. I guess this project expresses that. It leverages and utilizes visual narratives to bridge the gap between what I feel and my audience.
Are you purely a photographer?
No. Photography is just one medium that I use to express myself in. Experience and interaction design, motion, and physical installations are the other mediums that I operate in.
Why did you choose photography over other creative mediums?
I find that photography transcends most mediums. It helps bind the experiences and stories I bring to life.
What camera did you shoot on?
I shoot with many different Canon cameras and lenses. 5D Mark IV is my go to, but I still reach for the 5D Mark III and the 6D. The Canon M5 is my new sidekick that doesn’t leave my bag. I have an EF-M adapter for it that lets me use all of my DSLR lenses on the M5.
How does your gear help you be a better photographer?
Reliable and predictable gear is a critical part of the creative process. If you have to think about how to use it, or whether or not it’s going to work when you do, then it defeats the purpose. I find that my Canon setup is something that enables me to be creative without having to think about the tools.
If you could shoot any subject who would it be and why?
Obama. I don’t think I need to explain that one, the man is legendary.
If you could go anywhere to shoot where would it be and why?
Japan, multiple cities. It’s crazy that I haven’t made it out there yet. The streets of Tokyo at night would be clutch.
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