Ah, our nation’s capital! As a learning holiday, our small family (plus a special guest!) ventured to Ottawa for five days in October. It was right on that glorious cusp for fall creeping into early winter, where the daytime sunshine was welcome over the brisk windy evenings. Join us!
Last day of figure skating classes.
Rolleiflex MX, Ilford FP4.
Our family traveled to Montréal, Quebec in early November 2016 to attend the graduation of a family friend at McGill university. We had been meaning to explore Montréal for a couple years now and this was our opportunity. As with any adventure, it had its ups and downs but what struck me most about the city was the contrast. Montréal seems to exist simultaneously in both French and English, wealth and poverty, a proud sense of past mingling with a crumbling present. I put this figurative contrast to work, exploring new regions of my film’s exposure latitude.
I’ve done my due diligence, been to a startup incubator, spoken to local professionals. My business idea is a viable one, and with proper care and cultivation could be lucrative. There are spaces available to start out in, the equipment needed is easy to come by and relatively inexpensive. I have expanded the scope to include education via local professionals who would use the space to teach, use and grow their own businesses. The next question that must be answered: do I have the will to make this happen? Continue reading “Getting down to brass tacks: business”
I’ve been working toward what I think is an honest and enduring style in the past couple years. I’ve been concentrating on street portraits while traveling as a method of gaining access to places and people I wouldn’t otherwise. As I’ve aged I’ve found there’s a flowering beauty in seeing things just they way they are; untouched and true. It’s easy to pull this off with strangers. They don’t have much of a say after granting permission since I’ll be elsewhere when the photo is finished. What happens when I try to apply this harsh light to those around me? Those I value most? Continue reading ““I don’t like the way I look””
Probably my favourite place in Nova Scotia. Endless beach, endless sky.
After a career in a service that has seen myriad changes in the past 36 years, my dad retires from the Kennebecasis Fire Department today. Having achieved the rank of Captain, the time has come to close this chapter of his professional life and move onto what he observes as “leisure activities”: namely more hard work. I’m proud to share some of the images I’ve taken of my Dad and some of his peers at work over the years. Continue reading “Turning the page, my Dad retires.”
In 2013 we had the opportunity to travel for work to Orlando. Lori was attending the national conference for DATIA and it happened to be at the Leows resort at Universal Orlando. As we can bend our homeschool schedule around life as it happens, we all went down and did the pilgrimage to see the Mouse. I elected to shoot film for this trip, and I was rewarded with an experience I won’t soon forget. Continue reading “Florida 2013”
My actual job (after throwing in the towel taking photos for money) is in health and safety. My wife owns a company that provides pre-access and pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. I’m certified through DATIA as a Professional Collector Trainer, as well as ensuring the office email works and moving office furniture as required. I attended training and conferences in Seattle November 2015 and we took the opportunity to explore a city we’ve never had a reason to consider, outside of cut-scenes in Frasier. Continue reading “Seattle: Wait, what?”
2012 was an interesting year for us. DC was the first holiday we’d taken together since the birth of our daughter, Grace. The only one since, also.
Back in 2011 on a web forum (remember those?) I invited internet strangers to stay on our land. They were traveling around North America via truck camper, seeing what they could and taking it all in. Lori thought that we’d likely be murdered, but it turned out OK.