May 30, 2012

A Walk Downtown (Toronto, Ontario)

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The Power Centre, on the Toronto waterfront.
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While walking from the harbour islands towards downtown Toronto, I came across a wonderful steel sculpture; the weather wasn’t great, and I wasn’t dressed in the ideal clothing, but I just had to pause and make some images exploring the lines and shape of the sculpture.

May 27, 2012

Point Pleasant Park Field Trip (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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I made this image during a field trip with my Photo 101 students; I was particularly pleased with it, so printed a 16"x24" image of it, and hung it the month after at ViewPoint Gallery. It sold on the first day!

May 15, 2012

Early Spring at York Redoubt (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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Every decade or so, the gun-line at York Redoubt is repainted; for the first year or so, the white wash is painful to look at in direct sun, but once it weathers a little (a year or two), it becomes a little more "in tune" with the landscape around it.
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The RML guns at York Redoubt looked so freshly painted they seemed wet; it was beautiful to photograph, as there were so many other colours reflected.
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I love the fact the original assembly marks from over 140 years ago are still visible on the RML guns.

May 10, 2012

A Waterfront Field Trip (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

  I can't count the number of times I have walked past this wharf, and not seen its possibilities.
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As I was walking back from the waterfront, I saw this street musician; I asked him if I could make a portrait of him, and he said "Yes", and promptly dropped his head, and stayed that way. Made on my little Sony NEX-5 with a 50mm f/1.8 lens, I am really impressed with the richness and detail of the image.
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I so strongly prefer to work with soft light that I sometimes forget how wonderful it is to work with direct sunlight, especially with richly textured subjects.
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May 09, 2012

May 03, 2012

The Light Beyond Exhibition (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

The Light Beyond is finally installed at ViewPoint Gallery and open to the public; unlike many of my shows to date, this is focused on a technical element, as opposed to subject or location. In addition to printing, framing and hanging the show, I also painted the gallery a neutral gray before installing the exhibition (sadly, the majority of the co-op members decided they liked it better white, so after the show is over, I have to paint it back to white).
Another element that sets this show apart from others is that it is the first exhibition I had decided to print with a tone to the monochrome images (usually I print them as neutrally as possible). I struggled with what tone to use for some time, but finally settled on rich warm brown for the shadows, shifting to a soft pale yellow for the highlights.