Sometimes when I am out photographing it's like making pieces for a puzzle, I know they look good and are of the right shape, but I don't have a home for them quiet yet. It doesn't mean that I should ignore them and not take these photographs, at the present time I just haven't figured out their future place in current projects. I call this project “Small Wonders” because I often see these wonderful landscapes but on a smaller scale rather than the “big” picture that I am often trying to capture. Some of the subjects range in size from maybe a foot across to several feet in size, fore example I often like the idea of photographing pools of water that might look like a lake as if flying over them in a plane. The beauty of it all, I almost always stumble upon them accidentally. I will fully and heartily admit that I love taking pictures of the grand landscape but often when I am waiting for the light to change or I'm thinking about my composition, I find before me these small wonders.
A selection of images from my project on Razu Welding made last year in Sooke, BC, Vancouver Island Canada.
It's been said home is where the heart is. My "home" is Canada.
One day while photographing from atop a large rock pile at the end
of Moraine Lake in Alberta's Banff National Park, I gazed upon the
beautiful scene before me, spectacular jagged mountains backlit by
the late-afternoon sun filtering through high puffy clouds, the
illuminating sun creating millions of sparkle like jewels on the lake
— the scene was simply breathtaking.
I work with mostly large format view cameras. I shoot with black and white film which I process and scan.
I'm a born and raised Vancouver Island lad having entered the world in1958. I began my interest in photography at around 15 years of age and after graduating from high school in 1979 I managed to land a part time job as photographer for the Goldstream Gazette, a Vancouver Island weekly newspaper located in the Western community area of Victoria, BC. From the Gazette I was offered a job as a full time staff photographer at the Brampton Daily Times in Ontario, I ended up worked there for 4 1/2 years.
The British Columbia wilderness and it's beauty came calling and I moved back west for a staff photographer's job at the Kelowna Daily Courier in October of 1983, where I am currently employed. I have managed to grab a few awards during my 30 plus years as a photojournalist, which include seven Canadian Press 'Picture of the Month' awards and the 2003 'News Picture of the Year' award for a dramatic photo from the Okanagan wildfires. A photograph of an Osprey feeding its young is also in the collection of the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, donated by John Kenneth Galbraith.
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