Canadian photo journalist JORDAN J. HAY (pictured below) has photographed some of the most desolate, forgotten outposts of humanity around the world and in each portrait, he is able to capture the apprehension, heartbreak and glimmers of hope in the faces of those who pose.  As part of this year’s month-long Scotiabank CONTACT Festival of Photography, Jordan unveils his debut exhibition with a media & public reception at Hotel Ocho, 195 Spadina Ave, Toronto, tomorrow Tuesday May 6th, 6:00 to 9:00pm, featuring a selection of his stunning, evocative portraits that capture the palpable emotion saturating the expressions of his subjects. about680x320

I’ve Just Seen A Face encapsulates the humanity of the men, women and children who struggle to survive in the world’s zones of poverty, conflict and disaster. Spanning the 4-year period 2010 to 2013, his images reveal intimate moments shared within communities that few outsiders ever reach. “The most effective communication comes from the ability to capture a moment. Capture a moment; tell a story. Tell a story; connect with your audience. Connect with your audience; build a relationship. From there, endless possibilities.  I strive to effectively communicate the life I experience. In the process, I attempt to leave a positive impact with all I meet, though especially in the lives of the vulnerable and impoverished.” Jordan J. Hay. JHay003 JHay004JHay001

He continues….Photographs are unrivaled in their ability to communicate and to inform, to elicit emotion and to preserve history.  I specialize in documenting the plight of children in the remote and unforgiving conditions of poverty zones, disaster zones and conflict zones in developing nations across all continents.”

afgan woman and child girl with goat

Past assignments have taken him to extraordinary, unfrequented destinations including El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Turkey, Israel, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Peru and many others.  Jordan will be in attendance at the May 6th reception for a meet-n-greet, and then flies off for yet another assignment, this time in central Mexico. Email me a.s.a.p. if you would like to be added to our guest list. E:  fordhampr@rogers.com

Please visit Jordan’s website to view his portfolio & travels:http://stocktondiction.com/

His work on display is available for purchase, ranging from $250 to $300.


Photographs by Jordan J. Hay


Hotel Ocho, 195 Spadina Ave. Toronto

Reception Tuesday May 6th 6:00pm to 9:00pm


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