|Detail from portrait of Steve Bazay|
In June 2012, the day before the longest day of the year, I met Steve Bazay of Bazay Blacksmithing at his shop on Sunrise Avenue in Toronto to make this portrait. While we waited, seemingly forever, for the sun to set (I needed darkness to shoot), Steve fired up his coal forge. It didn't take long for the forge to reach its operating temperature of approximately 3000 degrees F. By some slightly unfortunate coincidence that day turned out to be the hottest day of the month, and one of the hottest of an unusually hot summer. Steve was supposedly used to the heat, but still moved out of position between every frame (adding to my challenge given that the final shot was made of of multiple combined portions of different frames, so he wasn't supposed to move). And I, the one who almost never goes out without a sweater, was as warm as I can remember being on a set, or anywhere else.