Photographer Nils Blondon: The medium used is digital. The photos are captured at a focal length of 35mm with a Sony Alpha 330 D-SLR. I never leave my house without my camera, and often spend hours trolling through vacant homes and storefronts looking for a good shot. I look for grit and character in my subjects, and it often works as a system of barter – they ask me for smokes, or money, and in return, I ask for a photo. I’m on a first name basis with nearly all of those I shoot. I take the time to sit with them and ask questions. I always shake my hands and introduce myself after I take their picture.
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Nils Blondon is a writer, photographer, student, and educator with a background in music, journalism, and social work. His recent projects include the photo-documentation of Toronto’s disused buildings, along with its displaced, addicted, and homeless residents. He takes time to establish a rapport with those he shoots. All of his subjects participate willingly. His other contributions to Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.