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 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 …
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.