Photography as art, the vision in my mind, captured by the camera.


The Day the Mounties came to Town

RCMP Musical Ride in Fort St. John - July 11th, 2013

RCMP Musical Ride in Fort St. John – July 11th, 2013

Twenty years ago, the RCMP Musical Ride was in Fort St. John, a month after I returned to Canada. Last week, they came back, and I got to share the experience with our children. It was a long wait for the show to start, but they thought it was awesome. And not just because they all like horses. Their favourite manouevers were the Maze, the Wagonwheel and the Charge. Which is funny, because those are my favourites too.

The Charge

The Charge



Fairly Fun


It’s raining today, what better time to catch up on my blogging? Well, I could be repotting tomatoes in my greenhouse too, but I’ll do this while my fingers are still clean!

This weekend, the WCA fair came to town, and as usual, the children nagged me for days about going. So, on Saturday we went. I thought it would be a great chance to try some street photography, since I knew there would be a lot of people there, doing all kinds of things . . . from the carnies running the rides and games, to the people waiting in line, people on the rides . . . opportunties were sure to be everywhere. Right? Yes, but I was not able to take advantage of it.

Because I’d brought along the 3 photo-op killers.

Don’t get me wrong, I love them dearly, and they had an awesome time, but whenever I saw a great shot, I found myself being dragged away to a ride. Like the 4 guys sitting on the bench eating poutine – it was perfect, but I didn’t even get my lense cap off.  The photos I did manage to take have my kids in them. Like the one above. And why not? I don’t have to ask them for permission to take their picture, or get a model release!

Here’s another shot of the Yoyo, which, by the way, is one of my favourite rides – first time I went on it was at West Edmonton Mall in 1984, back when Fantasyland was new!

Yoyo 2

Thanks for reading . . .  I’m going to go re-pot those tomatoes now.

Busy weekend in Photoshop

Holy, with the kids’ activities and the psycho weather we’ve been having, I haven’t shot anything . . . other than the snow we had the other day . . .  since Easter. Not good.

However, I did spend some time in Photoshop creating a logo, at long last. I think it looks pretty, if I do say so myself. I’m not very good with Photoshop. Terrible, in fact. But that’s okay, this is why I’m a photographer and a writer, not a graphic artist. Still, I managed to make a nice logo and a passable letterhead.

Now I guess I just need some business to go with it, eh?

Anyhow, with the way things are melting this week, I’m going to try to get out and shoot some of the things around here which are melting . . . just be warned, our youngest daughter has another dance competition this week, so any planned shooting might be pre-empted by hair-dos. Endless, daily hair-dos.

Oh, the things we do for our kids!

A Work in Progress

For those of you who have been following my blog for the whole 3 days that it’s been up, my apologies for the constant theme changes. WordPress has so many themes available, it was a bit of an ordeal to choose the one that is truly right for me. But I think, at last, I have found it, and theme-wise, there shouldn’t be any more changes in the near future. Although I might change my header image from time to time, as I take some more cool shots that I feel speaks to who I am as a photographer. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy my work. 😉

Welcome to My New Photoblog

Welcome, welcome, welcome. Those of you who are familiar with my other blog, over on blogspot – will find that this one is vastly different. While I don’t dislike blogger, wordpress seems to be a little more photo-friendly. Either that, or I’m technically inept. Which is entirely possible.

Anyhow, this blog, is entirely devoted to my photography and me, as an artist.

That’s right, an artist. I am more than open to doing commercial work, and displaying/promoting it here, but my main focus at the moment is as an artist. I’ve spent the past decade taking pictures of the kids. And the dogs. Before that, I worked for local newspapers and regional magazines as a writer, photographer and editor. I loved the news, and some aspects of news photography, but now, in addition to recording our children’s lives, I want to focus more on the type and style of photography I love, that which inspired me to pick up a camera in the first place . . . Black & White Abstract Photography.

I have always loved the look of black & white photos . . . whether that is because I was born when black & white was still the norm, or because my Dad did his own developing, I don’t know. But I love the way black & white eliminates the distractions of colour, the way it brings out the textures, and the essence of the image. And the abstract part, well, since black & white is not “reality”, that’s the first “abstract” element to my photography. The second is the unique way I interpret what I see before me, and in the viewfinder. Take my header photo for example. I didn’t just take a picture of a rusty old truck – I had a vision in mind when I went out there, and I moved around, zoomed, changed the angles until I created the image I envisioned. It’s one of my favourite photos. Actually, I have many favourites.

Also, there is a certain amount of “photoshopping” in my photography. Lightrooming, actually. Again, my work is not meant to be a representation of reality, merely my interpretation of what I see.

I hope you will enjoy my work, as displayed here . . . and please respect it. It is my work, my vision, so don’t try to copy or steal my images. By all means, if you’re inspired by my work and it gives you ideas for your own photography, feel free to emulate it, but leave the images themselves alone. Thanks.