Hello! I’m Avard Woolaver.
I do social landscape photography and am interested in finding beauty in the mundane. I look for whimsical scenes, and elements of surrealism found in everyday life. Photography keeps me in touch with the changing seasons, and the passage of time. My images are intertwined with childhood memories and locations around Hants County, Nova Scotia.
In my younger days, I studied photography at Ryerson in Toronto and worked for a time doing freelance jobs, as well as street photography. Inspired by photographers such as Robert Frank, and Lee Friedlander, I walked the streets looking for interesting scenes. You can hear more about this on Toronto Days – a podcast interview with John Meadows about my 1980s Toronto photographs. Also, there is more on my photographic approach in an iN-PUBLiC interview.
I have been scanning an archive covering thirty years which has led to three books: Toronto Flashback (1980-1986), No Money Down – Toronto (1980-1986) and Toronto Days. A fourth book, Wish You Were Here, was self-published in October 2018.
In March, 2018 I had an exhibition in Toronto at Gallery 310, Ryerson IMA. Curated by Don Snyder and Pierre Tremblay, “Toronto Days” included photos from the three Toronto books.