So much of the poplular photographic genre is about dramatic landscape locations, but it doesn’t have to be. I strive to create engaging pictures of what I call the ‘everyday landscape‘. Simple, creative & contemporary landscape images with an intrinsic beauty and design that continues to engage the viewer even after the page is turned. Rather than jetting around the world to exotic locales, I focus largely on my home area of Leamington, Ontario.
I became fascinated with photography at a very early age. Watching my older brother take pictures with a roll camera when I was about eight years old, and then waiting for the images to be developed by the local drugstore, it all seemed very magical. I wanted to know how this was done. A few years later, knowing my interest in photography, my father bought me a black & white print enlarger and chemicals at an auction.
“This was the start of a photographic career that spanned decades. But not a career taking pictures. One of developing and creating some amazing prints for other photographers and artists.”
My first real job was as a copy boy for the Montreal Star newspaper. I really, really wanted to get into the photo department. Not as a photographer, but as a lab technician. Unfortunately, that was not to be. The lab was grossly over-staffed, and eventually I took a job at a nearby camera store working in the photolab. This was an old-time photo lab with actual darkrooms. It was here that I learned my craft and became a master printmaker.
Throughout my career I have worked as a master print maker, pro photo lab manager, minilab service technician, photography educator, portrait and wedding photographer, sensitized-film specialist, and photofinishing marketing guru for Fujifilm Canada.
When Fujifilm introduced Velvia color reversal film, I became the go-to person in Canada for technical support, assisting professional labs across the country. Introduced in 1990, Velvia quickly became a “must have” film, giving Kodak’s Kodachrome 25 some stiff competition as the industry standard. Kodachrome 25 fell out of popularity a few years after Velvia was introduced, with Kodachrome 64 and 200 following shortly after.
Later at Fujifilm, as the photofinishing marketing manager, I achieved a number of milestones. I became the first to introduce the Digital Minilab into the Canadian market, the first to launch online digital photo printing for independent photo specialty dealers, and the first to develop and introduce a remote photo kiosk in Canada.
Now retired, I now spend much of my free time photographing the world around me just for the fun of it. I tend to work close to home, seeing little point in constantly travelling to exotic locations in search of the next great photograph, when very often engaging and magical landscapes are right on the doorstep waiting to be discovered.
For me, the heart of the photograph is capturing and communicating the mood, atmosphere and emotion I felt when I clicked the shutter. It is not always about accurately portraying the landscape. That being said, I am not a fan of overly post-processed images. I prefer the magic to happen in the camera.
I feel, if my photographs speak to the viewer on an emotional level then I have done my work. Much of my work is moody, atmospheric and minimalist in nature. I tend to use long-exposures to create an ethereal ambiance in the image.
Hope you enjoyed your time here. Let me know what you think.
If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.
In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.
To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.