Black & White Abstract Fine Art photography is my passion. I also enjoy Food Photography (I’m just getting started in this), and Commercial Photography, which is a hold-over from my days as a newspaper reporter and freelance magazine writer/photographer. I’m based in Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada, located on the world-famous Alaska Highway.
I use Pentax equipment – I got into Pentax way back when I was a poor university student, because my Dad used Pentax and I wanted to borrow his lenses. That was more than two decades ago and I have not regretted that decision for one second. My use of Pentax equipment doesn’t mean I’m not professional, I don’t subscribe to that debate. In my opinion, the equipment is merely a tool which photographers use to create their work. The brand of camera doesn’t make anyone’s work better or inferior to anyone else’s. We’re all unique.
As I mentioned, my background is in news photography, but I got my start way before I landed my first newspaper job. I got my first camera when I was 16, and a friend of mine was into photography – he and his brother showed me the ropes of the darkroom and thus was born my love of black & white photography. I was already interested in it, but once I learned to develop my own film and photos, the way I wanted, I knew that was the way I wanted to go. My Dad had a Vivitar enlarger, which he didn’t use anymore, so I appropriated it. And after the Abstract Photography course I took while at university, I knew I’d found my niche.
However, in order to earn a living, I ended up in newspapers. Which allowed me to indulge my other passion, writing.
For the past 10 years, I have been home, raising our kids, and documenting their lives through photos. Now that they’re all at school, it’s a good time to return to photography – as an art and a business.