“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.”Ansel Adams
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 color.
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.
The south Georgian Bay area is a wonderful place for a photographer, but circumstances sent me off on another journey. This time Ames, Iowa was the destination and my new home. The mid-west offers a new challenge for the photographer. The rolling terrain and wide open space of the plains, is a striking contrast to the rocky beaches of Georgian Bay. Both however, offered many abandoned structures to study and capture.
After 4 wonderful years in Iowa, I have returned to Canada ... beautiful British Columbia to be exact. My wife Kathy and I have chosen the ski town of Kimberley to be our new home. From the rolling plains of the Midwest, to the Rockies .... quite a change don't you think??? If nothing else the mountain scenery has revitalized my love of photography. I look forward to updating this website in the near future to reflect this change.