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Rocks in My Head

Rocks in my head is what many people think about my obsession with the forms, textures and details one finds in rocks — whether in a rocky landscape, or in a close up. From the smooth rocks scoured by glaciers, to the fractures and forms created by enormous pressures, to…

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AUTUMN #2

It has been a spectacular autumn for colour. In bright light, the reds, oranges and yellows have been rich and brilliant. Last week, during a trip to Shelburne, it was evident that the peak had passed, but there were still signs of fall. I took this image right beside the…

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AUTUMN

Autumn is certainly my favourite season. Cool, crisp air and autumn leaves. In most of Canada, the colour change can be dramatic. Right outside my window is a tree that that turns such a rich, brilliant red-orange that it looks unreal. And the light reflected from it casts an orangey glow…

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Flights of Fancy

It’s rare for me to indulge in free rein post processing. Both of these images began life with experiments in photography, however. So, experimental post-processing seemed to be in the spirit of what I had started in the first place. Both images have the same subject origin as well, though…

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DODGE

We used to live on the edge of Don Mills in Toronto. Our particular subdivision was built in 1959, and a small strip plaza was built close by to service the community. Almost 50 years later, it still held the original barbershop (and original barber), and a burger joint that supplied…

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Tugboat Tough

Sometimes images are stronger in sets. These three images are from the same tugboat, either decommissioned or awaiting repair, in Belfast, Maine. My wife and I were in Belfast to join the Wanderbird for a week-long cruise of the Maine Islands in 2010. I say cruise, but the Wanderbird was not…

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SAVOY

In the late 1920’s master photographer Edward Weston began taking a series of still life images that included shells, fruit, and vegetables. He took his first picture of a pepper in 1927, and a number of other pepper pictures in the following years. In 1930, he placed a pepper at…

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East Coast Textures

On a small, rocky beach at one Nova Scotia’s many small fishing communities, my wife and I came across this scene – hundreds of scallop shells together. They looked like cast-off dinner plates. And, perhaps, that’s what had been happening here – years of locals bringing home some scallops, shucking them right…

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Hanging to Dry

Hanging food to dry and preserve is a practice that is thousands of years old, and it’s still used today. This particular image was taken at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Ontario. I enjoy visiting such places as they remind me of my paternal grandmother, the only grandparent that I…

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Mud Cove

Mud Cove sits between the picturesque fishing communities of Blue Rocks and Stonehurst, Nova Scotia. Almost every photographer (myself included) stops here, not to take a picture of the scene above, but to take a picture of a long-abandoned boat pulled up on the shore along the roadside. I have…

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Oceanography

Fleeting compositions, Ephemeral designs. With each new tide, With each new lap of a wave, The sea draws anew, On a canvas of sand. As I walked the narrow strip of sandy beach, I began to notice some of the individual clumps of seaweed and pebbles that the ocean had…

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