Sadia Awan takes us back to Frosh 2011
As a sea of red-shirted froshies paraded down Bloor Street on September 9, 2011, Sadia Awan captured their reflections in the Royal Ontario Museum’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. The roaring horns, deafening chants, and rowdy group of enthusiastic first-years were commendable displays of school spirit – a fleeting moment that she wanted to encapsulate in this photo.
“Here we were – the class of 2015 – about to embark upon some of the best years of our lives,” says Awan, who is now a third year student at Victoria College. “Seeing our faces in this grand piece of architecture was, to me, a reflection of the great things to come.”
Awan started off as the “designated photographer” for populating family albums, begrudgingly accepting that there would be no images of herself – but after taking the top prize in a photography competition, her father splurged on a DSLR and extra lenses. “After that, I always preferred to be behind the camera rather than in front of it,” she says.