You are where you live

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By Sierra Bein

After going on exchange from Toronto to Mumbai, there’s a lot that I learned about people who live in big cities. No matter where you live, you have a special connection to your city in a way that can’t always be put into words. Being raised in Toronto and going to school downtown at Ryerson, I see and personally understand how much love people have for the 6ix. When I hear Drake’s Hotline Bling playing at the bars in India I can’t help but feel a little more at home in a weird and — let’s face it — sad, cliché way.

I found this same connection and love in the people I go to school with in Mumbai. Even if you aren’t from the city, once you arrive it becomes your own. I wanted to capture this feeling in pictures, and so the project of double exposure portraits began. This project was meant to show how the city you live in becomes a part of you, rather than just your setting. We might get annoyed with our commutes, and even hate some of the customs in our cities no matter where we are in the world. But you can’t deny that it’s a part of who you are.

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