"One day that’s all we’ll be: A Photo" 
- Bill Shapiro, Life Magazine

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Embassy of Ideas is one of Ontario's independent lifestyle blogs with global reach. Founded in 2007 from a desire to self-publish a magazine, my award-winning blog features a sundry of original content and photo-essay design, bringing the best of Canada to a curious audience with a buffet of tastes. This writing and photo journal aims to introduce and delight, featuring Canadian culture, people, travel, food, style, home and more. I am headquartered in Wasaga Beach. I'm so glad you are here!

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Patti Friday

Candid Photographer

Everyday Creative Reporting from the Art Dept. 
inside the International Embassy of Ideas

b. 1959
Made in Canada
(Ottawa, ON)

Books for Adults & Children
NEW:  Daisy Do

Ashley Longshore made this video for me. Thank You! 

Artist Statement:

My works of art are visual records

of the adventures that capture

my daydreams and personal landscapes.

I explore my surroundings with a

candid, cinematic and emotional approach.

I live life and photograph it.
The goal is a
snapshot aesthetic.

The photographic storyboards
coloured in my mind
are filled with questions about
nature, sensuality.
the people of Canada
and it's cultural mosaic.

I want the viewer
to experience unexpected,
picturesque chapters
of imagined, meandering
narratives with
a sense of wonder, humor
and playfulness.

Everything is interesting to me.

That’s what I'm
documenting, expressing
writing and archiving.

Peace Love Create Art Gather

“Photographier : c'est mettre sur la même ligne de mire la tête, l'oeil et le coeur.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Well, I suppose nothing is meant to last forever.
We have to make room for other people.
It’s a wheel.
You get on, you have to go to the end.
And then somebody has the same opportunity
to go to the end and so on.”

– Vivian Maier, Photographer

"I navigate the world through my love of objects, 
photographs and the shapes of things."

Fine Art
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Studio Assistant:  Miss Vivian Kalman Kennedy
(Goldendoodle / Living Teddy Bear)



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Quote Love:

“I think that you really can talk to kids about anything."

"I love writing books. Of all the things I do, making books is the thing I can say for certain I hope to do forever. They are semi-permanent, physical artifacts. To write, edit, shoot and design a book fills me with such joy and purpose I forget that sometimes I also hate it because it’s work that requires you to disappear to produce and then takes forever to be seen. What it lacks in instant gratification, it makes up for in soul-fortifying happiness, knowing there is now a THING that exists in the world that can live past the 4-second attention span of the internet."

- Alison Roman

“The only way to assert the right to publish is to publish.” 

- Katharine Graham

and recognized blog
Since 2007
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How do you make your pictures? 
I don’t know, it’s not important.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

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