Shoot the Breeze: Aaron Wynia


By Jessica Carroll

In the landscape of Toronto photographers, you’ve got the minimalists, the technicalists, the twee Impressionists. Aaron Wynia, on the other hand, is one of a handful in the point-and-shoot boys club, a skateboarder-cum-photographer whose work is laid back, just like he is. Still, just because he’s chill, doesn’t mean he doesn’t take his work seriously; he’s shot recently for Dazed and Confused and Bad Day Magazine, and is currently working on a series documenting prominent creatives in his city.

1. Why do you take photos?
For a few different reasons I suppose. I mean from the start a camera just always seemed to feel good in my hands. I like being able to work with whatever happens to be in front of me and the challenge of making an image I’m happy with. I don’t limit myself to photography when it comes to art but it’s somehow usually incorporated into other things i work on. I also don’t have the best memory so it’s nice to look back on so many memories.

2. Do you carry your camera with you everywhere you go?

Try to. Whether it be my camera or even just my phone

3. What celebrity would you like to shoot most?
Spike Jonze would be cool

4. What animal would you like to be, if not a human? 

Something that flies but isn’t low on the food chain. Maybe a hawk

5. What is your favorite smell?
Coffee in the morning

6. Would you like to live forever?
Yeah totally

7. What do you think is the best photo you have ever taken to date?
I dunno about best.. but recently I took a photo of kids playing basketball in New York that I really like.

8. What’s your favorite pastime? 

9. Do you like having your photo taken? 
I used to not but I don’t mind it so much anymore

10. Who are your favorite photographers, currently? 
Currently… Jody Rogac, Seth Fluker, Sara Cwynars, and Brent Goldsmith are all great.