A Brief Bio

"What's the best camera? Why the one you have with you, of course." (Scott Bourne)

“What’s the best camera? Why the one you have with you, of course.” (Scott Bourne)

Red Light Magic …

I became interested in photography at an early age when I learned how to develop photos with my father in his darkroom. I remember the awe that I felt when, by the light of the red safe light, I saw my first black and white image appearing on the photo paper in the developer solution – as if by magic. I was hooked! Since then I have gone through many cameras, black and white film, colour film and slides, Cibachrome colour processing, dark rooms and on January 2000, my first digital camera.

For the longest time I was frustrated with my efforts, which for the most part I believed were mediocre. In 2006 I debated about putting photography aside. Instead I started to push myself. I became more critical of my work, learned new skills and techniques, took more photos and most important, I left my ego at the door. This new approach has opened up many new doors and opportunities for me.

The Passion Continues …

"I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good." (Anonymous)

“I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good.” (Anonymous)

I take great pleasure in sharing my photos with my friends, and on several occasions close friends have asked me to take photos of a special event in their life, something I enjoy doing. I often use my photos in greeting cards that I make and I am proud to say that many of my friends are now collecting them. I have published a few photography books, either for friends or just as a way to document a personal memory.

There isn’t one thing that draws me to photography. I like to help others; I like to create memories for myself and friends; I enjoy learning; I enjoy new challenges; and I can achieve this through my photographic efforts. And, I am totally fascinated with how I can trap light, shadows and colour in a permanent image and then view that moment in time, again and again. Photos build and extend our memories. And with digital photography there are so many new opportunities to render a photo into something that reflects what I feel about a subject.

I have no ambition to become a professional photographer – I just enjoy taking photos.

There’s More to Life …

"The photographer is always a gypsy - you blend in and out of cultures and never belong to any of them." (Larry Towell)

“The photographer is always a gypsy – you blend in and out of cultures and never belong to any of them.” (Larry Towell)

But … there is more to life than just photography – I am passionately in love with living my life to the fullest and I always want to experience things that are new. I enjoy change and new challenges and I like to constantly push myself out of my comfort zones. I hope to spend the rest of my life sharing my experiences with close, loving friends, either in person or through my photography.

I live in Ottawa, Ontario, where I spend my time doing just about anything I want to do.

4 thoughts on “A Brief Bio

  1. Thanks so much for visiting and following my blog! I appreciate it very much. I’ve enjoyed my visit here. I really like your photos and look forward to following your posts. 😀

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