About the Book
Woolaver grew up in rural Nova Scotia and moved to Toronto in 1980 to study photography. He did a lot of street photography in those years, capturing street scenes with fresh eyes.
Michael Amo writes in the introduction, "When Avard arrived in Toronto in 1980, he brought that watchfulness with him, that deep-seated empathy for humans going about their solitary business, a simultaneous loneliness and delight in our ceaseless effort to remake the world in our own image."
Features & Details
I do social landscape photography and am interested in New Topographics---the human altered landscape--recording how human behavior and activity has affected the world. I also look for whimsical scenes, and elements of surrealism found in everyday life. My work is firmly planted in the documentary tradition, getting photos through observation rather than through set-up and image manipulation. Photography keeps me in touch with the changing seasons, and the passage of time. In my younger days, I studied photography at Ryerson in Toronto and did freelance jobs, and street photography. My rural upbringing allowed me to see the city with fresh eyes. I've been scanning an archive covering 30 years which has led to four books: "Toronto Flashback (1980-1986)," "No Money Down – Toronto (1980-1986)", "Toronto Days, and "Toronto In Colour: the 1980s" which was released in December, 2020. Other Books: "Wish You Were Here" (2018), and "Colourville" (2019).