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Le peintre construit ; le photographe révèle. 

 The painter constructs, the photographer reveals.  

(Susan Sontag, On Photography).

(Le blogue est rédigé en anglais). 

Empowerment at the Zudio

June 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Note: this post was originally published in Feb., 2017. It was accidentally deleted and is being republished today. My good friend Louise Stevenson is amazing. Seriously. Lou and her husband Dale live in Vankleek Hill, which is a small town of about 1800 souls in eastern Ontario. I used to live there, in a lovely old victorian house on a corner...
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Amanda and Eric Are Getting Married

June 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Amanda and Eric are good sports. A couple of months ago when they hired me to shoot their wedding next year, they told me they also hoped to have some photos this June for a "save the date" card. So we arranged to get together at their home in May for an engagement shoot. They live in Saint Albert, Ontario, which is a small town famous for Saint...
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Long Lens, Wide Lens

May 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I was posting some photos to Facebook from the most recent event I shot (the tea workshop for Pivot International that was held last weekend), when I found myself getting frustrated. Some of them were not as sharp across the frame as I had hoped! Drat! In some cases, I do that kind of thing deliberately. In the picture of Robert Saulnier performin...
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Tea for Pivot International

May 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I'm more of a coffee guy, but for the second year in a row last Saturday I had a chance to learn about the intricacies of tea at a fundraiser for Pivot International. We learned the Chinese approach to preparing several kinds of delicious tea, and in the process found out about its cultivation, the different regions of the world where tea is produc...
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Weddings? Weddings!

March 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Over the last several years, I have often been asked about my availability to photograph weddings. I have always answered the same way: Weddings? I didn’t do weddings. That changed this winter. I’m now taking wedding contracts, and in fact I have signed with my first two brides. And I’m really excited! It feels exactly right. So then why, in the...
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2006: the Year I Got Serious

March 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Travel changes us, obviously, and it was while travelling — well, technically I was an expatriate Canadian living in South Asia — that I started getting serious about photography. And that changed my life in important ways. At the time, I was living in Pakistan, where I spent a lot of time with my little Kodak Z740 point and shoot (yes, Kodak did...
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Everybody, Go Make Pictures!

January 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Photographers sometimes complain that, with the proliferation of cameras these days, everyone is a photographer. As for me, I think it's great. The more photography, the better! On my shelf is a wonderful book called Photography Changes Everything. Edited by Marvin Heiferman and published by the Smithsonian Institution in 2012, this book is a coll...
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June 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I studied philosophy in university, and towards the end of my first degree I was exposed to existentialism, a philosophy that emphasizes choice. I was very impressed with the existentialists. Among other things, these philosophers emphasized the idea that all of life is made up of choices. Life is choice. While in a larger cosmological sense the e...
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