Every day, 5 a.m. passes me by. While I am asleep, there is a world that I am completely detached from. When I begin settling in for the evening, there are countless others getting themselves ready to start their day.

From bakers and farmers to gas station attendants and factory line workers, we live in a world that never truly sleeps. Productivity and services continue to be provided while many of us are asleep and dreaming. When I wake up in the morning, I can, without a second thought, enjoy freshly made bread, produce picked hours earlier, or even a newly paved road.

The 5 a.m. project developed out of an interest to step outside of my 9-to-5 world; to document places, people, and livelihoods at—or as close as possible to—5 a.m. The world may look very different when not congested with people and cars, but that does not mean we have all settled in for sleep.

Welcome to 5 a.m.

I'm an Ontario-based photographer and social worker living in Kitchener-Waterloo. As a photographer, I tend to focus on personal projects and I have a specific interest in work/industry as my subject matter. 5 a.m. is an on-going project that started in 2013. For obvious reasons, no new work was created in 2020... you can find me on Instagram, which is linked down below, and I hope you have enjoyed this small collection of work from this series!

More info: bdouglasphotography.com | Instagram

#1

John, Baker, Sobeys

John, Baker, Sobeys

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crystal burdick
Community Member
1 week ago

yes, it always early for the bakers! The end product melts in your mouth, continue the great bake!!!!

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#2

Nancy, 9-11 Dispatch, Waterloo Region Police Service

Nancy, 9-11 Dispatch, Waterloo Region Police Service

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Guinny
Community Member
1 week ago

part of the team of heroes!

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Jan, Fire Fighter, Fire Station 2

Jan, Fire Fighter, Fire Station 2

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ArhomR
Community Member
1 week ago

Thank you, Jan. You and your fellow firefighters do so many important jobs.

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Amanda, Security, City Of Kitchener

Amanda, Security, City Of Kitchener

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crystal burdick
Community Member
1 week ago

Oh CANADA!, you do a wonderful job at protecting Kitchener, Good work to all!

#5

Andy, Nurse, Grand River Hospital

Andy, Nurse, Grand River Hospital

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ArhomR
Community Member
1 week ago

Tough job. Thank you, Andy.

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Eddie, Region Of Waterloo Paramedic Services

Eddie, Region Of Waterloo Paramedic Services

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Abhainn
Community Member
1 week ago

Yes! EMTs are heros!

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#7

Olivia, Grand River Hospital

Olivia, Grand River Hospital

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crystal burdick
Community Member
1 week ago

Thanks for doing what you all do, it's hard, I worked medical, I know, harder now

#8

Anonymous, Line Worker, Valley Blades

Anonymous, Line Worker, Valley Blades

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crystal burdick
Community Member
1 week ago

Keep up all the good work with making fine cutting tools!, They are the best!

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#9

Steve, Night Shift Lead, Sobeys

Steve, Night Shift Lead, Sobeys

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This is Fine
Community Member
1 week ago

I worked in a grocery store. They'd make me work 8 hours, take 4 hours off, then work all night stocking shelves like Steve is doing here. After 3 months, I quit and got a decent job that paid 3 times as much with regular hours.

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#10

Al, Tow Truck Driver, Active Towing

Al, Tow Truck Driver, Active Towing

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ArhomR
Community Member
1 week ago

Stay safe, Al, sometimes the roads are dangerous.

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#11

Dan, Dairy Farmer, Cressridge Farms

Dan, Dairy Farmer, Cressridge Farms

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AnaV.pt
Community Member
1 week ago

Farms and their animals need to be cared for at all times, thank you for your work

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#12

Bruce, Constable, Waterloo Region Police Service

Bruce, Constable, Waterloo Region Police Service

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crystal burdick
Community Member
1 week ago

You are truly a great Police service! Thanks for all your work!

#13

Florance, Spiritual Care Advisor, Grand River Hospital

Florance, Spiritual Care Advisor, Grand River Hospital

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Chase Ryan
Community Member
2 days ago

Is it kind of like a therapist? ( forgive me if I got it totally wrong )

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#14

Tom, Shift Supervisor, Dare Foods

Tom, Shift Supervisor, Dare Foods

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crystal burdick
Community Member
1 week ago

keep that dare cooking!!! GOOOOO TOM!

#15

Vernon, Sales Representative, Little Short Stop

Vernon, Sales Representative, Little Short Stop

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Brigs
Community Member
1 week ago

For a minute I got very excited, I am short, so thought it was a shop for short people hahaha

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#16

Krupal, Pharmacist, Shoppers Drug Mart

Krupal, Pharmacist, Shoppers Drug Mart

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Chase Ryan
Community Member
2 days ago (edited)

He means business!

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#17

Mary, House Keeping, Luther Village On The Park

Mary, House Keeping, Luther Village On The Park

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crystal burdick
Community Member
1 week ago

Keep the spirit, it can be a mess

#18

Doug, Brewer, Brick Brewery

Doug, Brewer, Brick Brewery

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ArhomR
Community Member
1 week ago

Yay for all brewers!!

#19

Derek, Taxi Driver, City Cabs

Derek, Taxi Driver, City Cabs

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crystal burdick
Community Member
1 week ago

GOOD of all TAXI drivers, you know you'll get something bizzar sometimes, keep up great work

#20

Evelyna-Sophia, Shannon, Raina - Servers, Mel's Diner

Evelyna-Sophia, Shannon, Raina - Servers, Mel's Diner

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Abhainn
Community Member
1 week ago

This is a beautiful place!

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Nancy, Announcer/Reporter, Ctv News Kitchener

Nancy, Announcer/Reporter, Ctv News Kitchener

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#22

Christian, Overnight Motivator, Good Life Fitness

Christian, Overnight Motivator, Good Life Fitness

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Abhainn
Community Member
1 week ago

Whats an Overnight Motivator do?

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#23

Chuck, Racker, Kuntz Electroplating

Chuck, Racker, Kuntz Electroplating

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#24

Emma, Technical Operator, Ctv News Kitchener

Emma, Technical Operator, Ctv News Kitchener

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#25

Patti, Baker, City Cafe

Patti, Baker, City Cafe

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crystal burdick
Community Member
1 week ago

GO BAKER GO , OTHERWISE I'D HAVE NO SWEEET TREATS!!!

#26

Jessie & Katie, Overnight Program Support Workers, House Of Friendship

Jessie & Katie, Overnight Program Support Workers, House Of Friendship

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Ara Noguera
Community Member
1 week ago

What do they do?

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#27

Jason, Front Desk Ambassador, The Walper Hotel

Jason, Front Desk Ambassador, The Walper Hotel

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crystal burdick
Community Member
1 week ago

Oh my! your such a help and the hotel is lovely! Always!

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