When asked what inspired this photo, CJB OCD responded with "It's different, I like different." CJB OCD credits this opportunity to God and being given the right elements to capture this cover-worthy photo. He came across an alleyway and his model in Kensington Market, and says that he wouldn't have won without this "Alleyway Guy."
CJB OCD has been through a lot and is still struggling but is thankful for the roof over his head, as opposed to sleeping in a cardboard box. He had come across a MYTORONTO poster on a bulletin board and thought of what his mom used to tell him, "Nothing beats a try," when deciding to enter the contest.
CJB OCD leaves interpretation of this photo to the eye of the beholder. "People usually personalize what they see when they're the audience. So, they can see it any way they want; that's for them to interpret. This might remind them of their beard, their father, their relative, their brother."