ME . . . relaxing just before sunset on the south shore of Lake Superior . . .on the “U.P.” This was the first night of a cross-continent adventure.
Although Campbellford is now my home, I’m originally from St. Catharines in the Niagara Region. However, from there to here wasn’t a direct route. Along the way I made stops at various points in Northwestern Ontario, Labrador, and then back to Niagara for a few years. From 30+ years ago to the present though, I’ve lived alongside the Trent Severn Waterway.
My grandfather was my first inspiration in photography. While my dad and many other parents had some form of a camera—necessary to capture family events and holidays—my grandfather was “into” photography. He would go out and take pictures “just because”. Grandpa spent time in darkrooms, tried different cameras, had hundreds and hundreds of slides and prints. He showed me what a contact sheet was. Unfortunately, just as I started with my own camera he passed away. But at least he got me started.
Throughout the years, I shot a lot of photos on film and digital gear. When I was a bush pilot in northern Canada, I always traveled with two things; a fishing pole and my manual Mamiya SLR. (I managed to capture some really interesting shots in northern Labrador, some at the very same locations my grandfather worked at when he first immigrated to Canada!) Many years later, I realized that I had a decent eye and my interest was drifting towards “serious” photography. Fortunately, technology—digital photography, YouTube “how to” videos, Facebook groups, a “drone”, and maturity—helped focus my growing interest.
As I discover what subjects I most like to shoot, I’ve reacquainted myself with black and white photography. Its moodiness, the subject’s often obtuse nature, the almost real but not quite (because the world isn’t black and white) . . . that’s a real draw. But then again, I’m also very attracted to the “small”, bold colours, and landscapes that are almost painting-like.
Learning and discovering never stops.