Better known as ”The Cookie Guy”, Milos Paprica accumulates good karma by the minute in this city by warming people’s hearts with free cookies. He even teams up with other good samaritans like Lovebot to add in extra loving trinkets. As a person with good intentions and no ulterior motives, not only is Milos a breath of fresh air, but he is also a talented artist. His photography touches on beloved Toronto scenes, from candid stranger close-ups on the streetcar to epic views of the city. Combine a good heart and good art, and you get a free piece at 416 Gallery, June 20th. Don’t miss out!!!
Introduce yourself. What is your weapon of choice?
My name is Milos better known as “The Cookie Guy” When I’m out and about I’ve relied on my various iphones I’ve owned over the years. I used every model from the iphone 3G to my current 6 plus.
How do you use photography in your life?
Photography from me has grown to become a hobby. I hesitated to say it was a hobby for a while but I can’t deny the fact that I do enjoy it and give myself shits when I feel that I missed capturing a decisive moment.
How would you describe your style of photography, and how does that help you achieve your end product goal?
Street photography is my preferred style. I enjoy capturing day to day life of people primarily in the city. My iphone keeps me hidden so that my presents doesn’t have any influence on the moment. People tend to act differently once they see a traditional camera in hand.
What is your biggest challenge in photography?
I enjoy photography as a passive activity. I don’t do much planning for it, I just go about my day while keeping a lookout for things that catch my eye. But I’m constantly looking at camera gear, reading about new camera tech and listening to weekly photography related podcasts. My problem is I think I want to do more with it, but I’m content with how things are. I do own a Canon 70D with a few lens that I have taken out with me a few years ago but retired it to family events and some light video shooting I’ve done for a few friends. With camera phones getting better and better every year, it keeps holding me back from using my camera full time.
Who or what influences you the most as a photographer?
I draw inspiration mostly from the instagram community since that was what got me to start shooting in the first place. I’ve come to meet many people through instagram and made some friends along the way. Seeing others find photography and progress from there. A few I’ll mention are @normster, @soteeoh and @kninvu. I’ve met all 3 of them.
What does vulnerability mean to you as an artist?
Vulnerability, stepping outside yourself to let someone else in.
Where can we find your work online, and where can we see your work displayed next?
You can follow me and what I do on instagram @madvillan, that is where I am the most active.