“Photography is more than a medium for communication of reality, it is a creative art. Therefore, emphasis on technique is justified only so far as it will simplify and clarify the statement of the photographer’s concept.”
This website is about photography, simple photography. The photographs here were taken using basic photographic techniques and a minimum of expensive equipment. Photoshop manipulations in most cases were minimal. In a sense I have tried, to master the technology, in order to minimize its influence on the final image.
You will find a strong emphasis on black and white images, photography in its most elemental form. That is my personal preference preference. I find the lines, textures and tones around me interesting enough without the distraction of colour.
All of these photographs were taken within the area often defined as the Georgian Triangle (south Georgian Bay in Ontario Canada). I consider myself lucky to be living here. Every day brings variations in light, and shadow that transform the landscape. It is my challenge to capture the mood and beauty of the land, then transform it to a printed image.
The intent of this website is to be a vehicle of expression. Comments are welcomed and I will try to respond to any and all questions. If you are interested in purchasing prints, please contact Jennifer Gilbert at the Black Dog Gallery in Thornbury, Ontario (519-599-3578).
About The Photographer
Largely self taught, I rely on my friends in the artistic community for technical and artistic support. Mad skills with the camera or at the computer, I do not have. My greatest strength it seems, is knowing when to pull my Nikon from the bag. My photography is pretty basic and I have no interest in impressing the viewer with fanciful framing or printing techniques. For me, it is about the photograph, not the photographer.
That being said, I suppose some people might find it interesting to know something of my background. Growing up in Brampton Ontario, I attended both York University and the University of Toronto, earning degrees in Anthropology and Education. After 28 years as an Elementary School teacher, I moved one hour and fifteen minutes north on Airport Road to Collingwood. Now I spend my time skiing at “Blue”, cycling the roads between Thornbury and Creemore, and of course chasing the ghost of Ansel Adams through the forests and along the beaches of the Georgian Triangle. Richard Dakin