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Tree of Lost Soles

Charles Hoppner knows a place where the shoes grow on trees


Photo by Charles Hoppner

Charles Hoppner, a third-year film student, found this “shoe tree” on the banks of the Madawasca river near Springtown, Ontario, while on a road trip with a friend. “It was our first exposure to that tradition, and it felt bizarre and otherworldly, especially in such a sparsely populated area,” he says. Hoppner estimates that there are only about 200 residents left in the Springtown area, most of them scattered along the river.

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Hoppner became interested in photography thinking it would improve his filmmaking. While he most enjoys taking pictures of people, he is not a fan of straightforward portraits. “If you have a person in a shot, suddenly there’s a narrative, and I think the more organic and natural the shot, the less familiar the narrative,” he says.

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