About this Site & (too much) About Me
I am a lover of wilderness areas. It is, after all, where we come from. Now I’m not a radical or anything like that. We must use the resources at our disposal for our way of life (as do all species on Earth), but I am very much believing that we have to put aside much larger pieces of natural land than we do now if the human race is to survive. We seem to forget that we too are part of nature and if we don’t take care of our own home, it is us in the long run who will suffer, along with just about every other species on this beautiful planet of ours. I firmly believe in what the astronauts and cosmonauts have to say - everyone should have to spend a day in space to realize how good we have it on Earth, and how small Earth really is.
In 1967 I bought my first real book with my own money, which as a teenager wasn’t easy to do. It was/is the Canadian Centennial book, “Canada: A Year of the Land”. The text in it was amazing, but the photos even more so grabbed me big time. I had toyed with my mother’s Hawkeye Brownie off and on, particularly while at our cottage in Muskoka, Ontario. Back then it was a semi-wilderness area, unlike today (sadly). That is where I learned of my love of nature. I wanted to show everyone how amazing the backcountry was and since I couldn’t take them all out there with me, the camera seemed like a natural thing for me. I wanted to shoot photographs like I saw in that book.
Fast forward a few years and I was finally able to buy my very own SLR system and even put the odd roll of film through it. We didn’t have the internet from which to draw on back then and I didn’t know many other photographers, so learning the craft took some perseverance (and a lot of wasted film) but I finally started getting the hang of things. I did slide shows and had prints made of places I had been, which seemed to be well received. Finally I decided to try submitting a sample of my work to a publisher to see if it was good enough for public consumption. A friend suggested I start with small publishers and if successful, work up from there. So I submitted to Carlton Cards Canada. Some “small”! To my immense pleasure, one of my images from a winter camping trip was accepted and appeared in their Canada wide calendar for the following year. That buoyed me to carry on, which of course I did.
Come the digital age things changed and suddenly I had to buy new equipment and learn Photoshop and learn all about shooting RAW (which had me scratching my head at first). The learning curve was huge at first, but soon I began to take to Photoshop like a duck to water and I was hooked. The rest, as they say, is history.
I have been very fortunate over the years to be published around the world and by such big names in the publishing field as:
Mountain Life Media
Carlton Cards Canada
Key Porter Books
...among many others. Along the way I joined a major Canadian stock agency who have been instrumental in marketing my work with success to such places as the United States, Poland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and various locations in Southeast Asia.
Digital photography has changed the landscape dramatically and I haven’t really kept up with the times that well. At this point, I’m much more into shooting than in making videos and writing blogs, but that’s not to say I don’t seriously appreciate those who do that sort of thing. Today I follow very good photographers like Adam Gibbs, Brendan van Son, Nick Page, Thomas Heaton, etc. I absolutely love the work that Marc Adamus and Patrick DiFruscia do. I’m also a member of Kelby One and have a real passion for doing original creations in Photoshop that extends beyond the basic photography realm and into the digital art realm (some of which you may see here down the road a bit). The bottom line though is I love getting out with my D850 and a small assortment of lenses and capturing the world around me. For the vast majority of the time, I have been a wilderness/nature adventure photographer, although with a bit less “adventure” now that age and some physical limitations are starting to catch up with me as a result of my earlier “adventures”. And so it is, I believe you’ll find my site is much more about the natural world and less about the peopled world, although I do have a place in my soul for our human history in Canada and reflections of that.
I hope you enjoy my site and my photographs as much as I enjoyed shooting the images for it. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to present these glimpses of our roots to you and hope that will promote reasons for all of us to do our best efforts to protect our remaining wild spaces around us. It’s not just a good thing to do. It’s absolutely necessary if we are going to survive on this planet. Thanks for looking in and have a great day.