I have always been drawn to capturing a sense of nostalgia in photographs.

Whether it be vintage advertising, classic cars, or older buildings, I find myself enamoured with objects from bygone eras.

They evoke pleasant feelings of a simpler time, a time that predates smartphones, 4K TV’s, and streaming services.

I wanted to focus this portrait series on places that elicit those same feelings.

As a born-and-raised Calgarian, the idea of shooting environmental portraits in a few of the classic Calgary eateries appealed to me immensely.

In this project, I have tried to capture both the essence of these lovely restaurant interiors and the people that work in them.

Photos supplied by Jeremy Fox. Fox is a photojournalism student at SAIT. You can find more of his work on his website, jeremyjfox.com, where you can reach out and collaborate with him.

Greg Gilfillen, a cashier at the Blackfoot Truckstop Diner, poses for a portrait at the diner’s bar in Calgary on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. The diner has been a staple in the community of Inglewood since 1956. (Photo by Jeremy Fox)
Mikey Stott, manager of Buchanan’s Chop House, poses for a portrait in Calgary on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. Stott has worked at the western downtown restaurant for 30 years. (Photo by Jeremy Fox)
Sean Hamilton, a cook at the Galaxie Diner, poses for a portrait in Calgary on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. Hamilton, also an accomplished musician, has worked at Galaxie for 10 years. (Photo by Jeremy Fox)
Raven Craig, a lounge server at Caesar’s Steakhouse, poses for a portrait in the cocktail bar mezzanine in Calgary on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. Craig has worked as a server in Caesar’s lounge for one year. (Photo by Jeremy Fox/SAIT)
Nick Petros, founder of Nick’s Pizza and Steakhouse, sits for a portrait at his favourite table in the restaurant in Calgary on Sunday, March 6, 2022. Petros, who immigrated to Canada from Greece at the age of 17, opened the restaurant in 1979. (Photo by Jeremy Fox/SAIT)
Rae Daniels, head chef of Angel’s Drive In, poses for a portrait in the dining room in Calgary on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Daniels has been a chef at Angel’s for 22 years and also lives nearby in the community of Bowness. (Photo by Jeremy Fox)
Amanda Grant, general manager of Boogies Burgers, poses for a portrait at the Boogies Renfrew location in Calgary on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Boogies Burgers opened back in 1969, while Grant has been with Boogies for 10 years. (Photo by Jeremy Fox)

Photos supplied by Jeremy Fox. Fox is a photojournalism student at SAIT. You can find more of his work on his website, jeremyjfox.com, where you can reach out and collaborate with him.

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