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Writing + Photography

Memoirs and musings of Darius Bashar. Toronto portrait photographer and writer, in pursuit of all things real, raw and intimate. 



When a phone becomes outdated, we discard it and upgrade to a newer model.

When a building is no longer to code, the city takes it down and re-builds.

When a government is causing harm to its citizens, it is overthrown.

When a culture is exposed of being systematically destructive, causing pain and hurt perpetually, we evolve and grow as a society… well, that’s what I’d like to believe. Actually, I’m not sure if the evidence supports any of the above claims. People continue to hold on to old phones, shaky buildings, tyrannical governments and destructive cultures such as rape culture, white supremacy culture, male supremacy culture etc.

It feels like things are breaking down all around us. Maybe, this is a good thing.

Society as a whole feels fragile and uncertain. Everywhere I look, I see hurt and division. But the truth is, the pain has always been there. People all around us have been suffering in silence, and all of us have been complicit — some more than others. We have always known things are not fair. We have always known there is great inequality in our society. But we have all unconsciously (or consciously) thrown our hands up and said “that’s just how it is”.

Maybe this shit storm is what evolution feels like. Maybe this is what going deep and healing our collective soul is all about.

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