– by Wendy Morley –
After a spinal injury left Tony Wallace in a wheelchair, he began using photography as a form of physical therapy. Before his injury he had been a musician, but the injury severely impacted his hand function. This made playing guitar or piano impossible. But he still felt the need to create, and photography fills that need.
This doesn’t mean photography is easy for him. “As a wheelchair user just getting to a proper vantage point for ‘the shot’ can be difficult or impossible. A curb, a stair, or just ice and snow can easily block my path. At first, that was discouraging. But I soon learned to forget about the shots I couldn’t take and concentrate on the shots I could take. That became a life lesson. Rather than focusing on my disability, I plan to continue shooting, and living, to the best of my ability.”
Tony is a fifth-generation Torontonian. He feels a deep kinship with the city and considers his images to be part of the continuum. “As I move around the city I am keenly aware that for 200 years, my ancestors and millions of others walked the same streets in search of their own vision of beauty.”
Tony shoots with an Olympus OM-D and uses natural light without filters. See more of his photographs here.
All images Copyright © Tony Wallace