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Trends come and go, but nostalgia is forever
Photographer Pam Lau pays homage to earlier (easier) days in her latest photo essay, 'Bianca'.

Pam Lau is an independent photographer based in Toronto, for whom the entire city is a backdrop for her portraits and lifestyle shots. We’ve been following her work for a while, but absolutely fell in love with her style after getting our hands on her self-published photo book, bbblue.

In 2016, she received the Applied Arts Young Blood Photography Award. She seeks the calm and uncomplicated in her work — which has attracted clients such as Nike, American Express and VICE. 


Nostalgia works in odd ways.

Trends come and go. But sometimes, if you keep pieces in your closet long enough, you can look back and laugh at all the absurd things you used to covet.

This photo set is a loose homage to an era when I quoted Mean Girls all the time (even though I still do), and wore one of those grommet belts with low-rise bell bottom jeans to school every day. We shot at a few random locations, including: the side of a grocery store, a concrete wall behind a dumpster (sorry Bianca) and a parking lot by an outdoor stadium.

Nostalgia works in odd ways. Maybe it’s how selective memory preserves only the best parts, but when I look back I can’t help but romanticize when I had fewer responsibilities and more free time. You know, when I felt generally less hardened by life.

Who knows, maybe in 10 years I’ll do another series rife with bandana chokers and thigh high boots?

Pam Lau

Pam Lau