The Quiz is a gala fundraiser for the Writer's Trust put on by the Locksley Foundation (Sandy Simpson venture). These photos are a mix from the 2003 and 2004 events, and there will be a third, final event in 2005.
The event is held at the Four Seasons ballroom in Toronto. A drinks and mingling hour is followed by dinner and a literary quiz that each table fills out, competing for a grand prize.
For more information about The Great Literary Dinner Party, contact the Writers' Trust.
I took informal portraits and general casual documentation of the event.
As the drinks took inhibitions away and people became accustomed to the flash of my camera, the opportunity became available to capture some great moments.
My personal challenge was to create pictures that would have value in their own right and be interesting even to the casual observer who knew nothing of the event or the people photographed.
If you need an event photographer for casual, relaxed images, please contact me.
Non-commercial, educational use only for all people images on this page.
(Model releases have not been secured.)
Non-commercial use is free if you give me credit or link back to this page.
Nice highlights and shadows in a dark room, shot with existing light.
A sea of people.
Animated conversations were happening all over the banquet hall towards the end of the evening, as the wine warmed throats and loosened tongues.
Existing light with camera shake captures the warm light and festive mood.