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Been involved in photography for forty years. Shot professionally at various times throughout those years… but mostly just for the pure joy of it . A former member of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). Now days I shoot mostly for stock and for personal projects — completely taken with Mediterranean Europe — travel there every chance I get. I also get a kick out of teaching, and so I put on workshops from time to time… some locally (visual design and composition, digital colour management and digital work-flow). I've been an instructor with Bryan Peterson's online school (www.bpsop.com) since its beginnings in 2008. I also conduct an annual workshop in Provence and starting in 2017, Tuscany as well.

More than anything though, I think of myself as a amateur in the original sense… an enthusiastic life-long learner. Forty years in, and I know I’ve only scratched the surface. Still excited! Still wake up each morning and fall asleep each night thinking about photography.

As for equipment : I’m a complete brand agnostic. I just don’t care any more… the image is all that matters. Queries directed my way about the merits of one brand over the other, or which lens buy next are greeted by a shrug of the shoulders; the only piece of equipment that really matters is the one 6 inches behind the camera

In our media saturated world, I’m still amazed by the power of the still image to command our attention… to evoke emotion: Joy. anger, compassion, and even at times to galvanize a nation or the world to action. Susan Sontag wrote in her book, “On Photography”,

“Photographs may be more powerful than moving images…
because they are a neat slice of time, not a flow.”

The power and continuing relevance of still images derives from this ability to capture the brief and all too ephemeral moments in life holding them frozen in time for forever.