1st year Photography student Bo lives in the Fyfield House Residence
Although a first generation Canadian, Boris’ cradle language was Croatian, so immersion in English made going to school a challenge. Boris worked hard, but still, fitting in was never easy for him. Feeling out of step made him very shy as a child, and his self esteem suffered a crushing blow when his parents split, and his mother “ran off” with another man, leaving Boris to be raised by a bitter hard-line Roman Catholic father.
Bo’s adolescent growth spurt happened early and very dramatically, leaving Boris suddenly ungainly and awkward. Being taller than the average bear ensured Boris followed the rules and played within the lines; getting away with anything was a problem because his size made him stand out. Teachers advised him to pursue martial arts training or dance, in aid of developing his fine and gross motor skills, but instead, Bo opted for weight training.
Around the time the weight training began paying off in high school, Bo started paying attention to the cut of his clothes to accommodate the extra muscle bulk he was accumulating. Although Jake thinks Bo is a narcissist, the opposite is closer to home. Bo just wants to quietly fit in in the background, which is a major part of the appeal of photography. Bo’s first camera was his first cell phone, but it was enough to hook him.
Being behind the camera makes Bo feel somewhat free of his insecurities. He gets lost in the images he composes, which has the happy side effect of lifting the burden od self consciousness from his own shoulders. He likes to disappear into the shadows behind the camera, since he’s never felt entirely comfortable in his own skin.
weights photographed by PeterJBellis under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) License
Man Lifting Weights photographed by Spirit-Fire released under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) License
Since Boris is, after all, a character in a novel, all the photographs in his photobucket RP account were, of course, taken by me, and released under a CC license.