Born in Monterey Park, U.S.A. |
As a young child Wales’ family owned a restaurant in California. The restaurant was run by her father who initially worked three jobs to support the family and built the business from the ground up. When economic times got hard, the family decided to move back to Hong Kong. Eleven years ago Wales came to Toronto for University, an experience that she describes as being difficult, given the cold weather and the distance from her family. She planned on going back to Hong Kong after her student visa expired but, just as she was about to leave, she found herself making new friends and venturing out of her comfort zone. It was during this time that she met someone special and, even though that relationship didn’t last, she credits it with keeping her in Toronto – and for her starting a career as a teacher here.
Toronto as Home
Wales wanted to be photographed on the TTC Subway – I have a “love-hate relationship with the TTC”, she explains. She regularly people-watches on her commute, and takes pleasure in observing how all walks of life cross paths on the subway.
Connection with the Past
Wales is holding a Yashica FX-7 SLR camera that was given to her by her father. Ever since she was born, her father always had the camera, capturing memories of her childhood in California. She distinctly remembers going to Disneyland at five years of age, and her dad allowing her to take pictures using this camera.