Thought – Ottawa 10.06.2017
Thought – Ottawa 10.06.2017
Reconciliation Monument – Ottawa 15.05.2017
I thought I’d change things up a bit by posting this photograph of the
Reconciliation Monument on Sussex Drive in Ottawa.
The Arc Hotel – Ottawa 08.06.2017
American Photographer – Irving Penn
I’d like to say that over the years that I’ve been influenced by certain photographers but that really isn’t true. It’s only in the last few years with my initiation to Youtube that I really started finding out about many of the great photographers.
In early days I read many many books on photography but more of the “how-to” variety and many of the photographs that I saw while flipping pages, embedded themselves in memory. This is one of those photographs.
It is estimated that over 2 billion pictures are taken everyday but of those 2 billion, just how many of them etch themselves into your soul and move you? To me, that’s the difference between a picture and a photograph.
This is one of my all-time favourite photographs.
Colonel By Drive – Ottawa 03.06.2017
The end of the day on Saturday was the best part of the day.
Vietnam Protest – Parliament Hill Ottawa 14.05.2017
Self-Portrait – Ottawa 22.05.2017
Cenotaph – Truro N.S. 03.07.2012
People Before Profit.
The man in this self-portrait is not me but I have been him.
The photograph of the Cenotaph in Truro, Nova Scotia was a photograph I took when I found myself homeless for the first time in my life. Canada Day this year will mark the 5th anniversary of that event. Continued thanks to the Truro Police for providing with a safe place to sleep during my short stay.
“Stigma”… With poverty comes stigma and my words to some will provide just enough ammunition to dismiss me. Fair enough. I too am guilty of dismissing people at times, even today.
Twenty some years ago I gave up traditional and profitable work, to work part time, just enough to survive and to keep me taking photographs. I’ve moved from town to town, financially poor and often hungry because photography meant more to me than things, position or power.
This magic box, my camera, taught me about the incredible beauty of life, the magic of people, compassion, empathy, happiness, sadness, fear and respect. With that, I’ve learned that all life is sacred.
Things mean so little to me.
In recent days I’ve targeted people with whom I want to share my dreams. They may see me as a bit off, insane or possibly both. It’s not the first time and not likely the last. My passion is my only excuse.
So many wonderful things are possible.
I need people to support what I am trying to accomplish here and having a few doors open would go along way in creating something that I feel would be special to many.
Uganda Famine – Mike Wells – 1980
Thank you for your time.
Parliament Hill – Ottawa 22.05.2017
Bank of Canada – Ottawa 24.05.2017
The simplicity of this image is what does it for me. It’s speaks of the working class, the foundation and strength of our nation.
Bronson Avenue – Ottawa 19.05.2017
Sometimes a photograph “is just there”, I didn’t look for it and it came when I least expected it. More often than not it’s at the end of an outing as I work my way home.