Yes it's real. And yes it's staged. I'm having my first taste of real Canadian winter.
It's part of a year-long project called Hamilton365, which involved Larry Strung (my host) snapping a different Hamilton 365 resident every day for a year and posting it online. Check out the site here and dial back through the year and see what I mean. I love his gift for seeing under people's skin and thinking creatively about how to photograph them to draw it out.
And yes, my hands are cold and my butt is freezing off.
(P.S. If you are in the Hamilton area, and are looking for a photographer, check out his business website: www.strungfoto.com)