I began my journey in photography over 25 years ago while traveling in Europe, searching out material of geographic significance. During this trip, my vision expanded dramatically to a broader range of subject matter - focused more on cultural, architectural, aesthetic, and metaphoric elements. Upon my return to Canada, and since, without quitting my day job as a teacher, I studied the craft and art of photography. As my understanding and mastery of the medium progressed, so did my images. Over time I became proficient in a variety of film-based formats: 35mm, medium and large format.
While working for the Scarborough Board of Education and the TDSB, I wrote and taught photography curricula for secondary school. I have also taught adult evening classes, students and teachers at art camps. In 2005, I moved over to digital technology, bringing into it a wealth of knowledge and experience from film.
While exhibiting to a limited extent in the past - see below - I’m now making my images available to a wider audience with greater frequency. If there is any one thing that has influenced my selection of subject matter and images more, it is the contemplation inherent to Zen and Tao. At a recent exhibit of Canadian industrial photographs at the AGO, the following description accompanied the work (1940) of E. Haanel Cassiday:
“Photography is difficult enough technically, but the real difficulty is bending that technique away from mere recording,” Cassiday once commented. Art for him belonged to the realm of the ideal, inspired by Zen philosophy.
Like many of the photographers I respect, I invite viewers to direct their attention from the surface to the internal essence of my subjects. And once there, try looking back at the world in which you find yourselves.
* Gallery Cafe-LaBarge, Toronto
* Toronto Public Library
* Scarborough Civic Centre:juried (Scarborough Arts Council)
* Unlimited Vision Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario (extended exhibit)
* Neighbourhood Unitarian Church
* Cobalt Gallery: Small Pictures Exhibition
* Beach Studio Tour: Fall, 2011
* Art-Ex Pop-Up Exhibit: May, 2012
* Private collectors: Cuba, Germany, Netherlands, Canada
* Canadian War Museum, Ottawa