Friday, March 20, 2015

The Big Dig - Elton McDonald

So you know the story. A mysterious hand-dug tunnel was discovered near Jane and Finch near York University. People's minds immediately went to the worst when speculating - it was the work of terrorists, murderers or drug dealers.

Turns out the tunnel was dug by Elton McDonald, a 22-year-old just looking for a little quiet time and place to practice his constructions skills.

I photographed Elton for Maclean's magazine and he is probably one of the sweetest people I have ever shot. He was shy, soft-spoken and incredibly endearing. His family politely endured us taking over their living room with photo gear, monopolizing their time and asking Elton to do multiple wardrobe changes.

Here's hoping that Elton gets to dig more big projects in the future! Check out the Maclean's story here.


About Della

I'm Della. I take pictures.

I'm a freelance photojournalist based in Toronto. My work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Toronto Life, Hello! Magazine, The Calgary Herald and Sun Media publications. I have also shot for a number of corporate clients, including the Government of Canada, the Law Society of Upper Canada, ING, Accenture, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Takeda, Amgen and Merck Frosst.

Likes: Snoopy Sno-Cone makers, dinosaurs, sharks, hot chocolate, ice cream, This American Life, CBC Radio, asparagus, zebras, travel, photography, grape soda, ice cream, naps, hoodies, the library, good e-mails, duvets, new books, mittens and lists.

Dislikes: Unicorns, ponies, glitter, tomato, wet cat food.

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