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Speaking of ongoing projects..

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Another project I've been working on for a while involved trees and trains. I love taking the train, especially when its a long trip - being in motion, between locations, and never really in one spot. 

I have found a way to capture motion in a way that echoes this feeling, it took a while for me to figure out how to not ale it look like I was just sticking my camera out a car window and pressing the button. Here are a few examples.


Typically, I exclude any signs of human presence in these photos, but I really like the house in this image.

Joel Plaskett, again and again and again.

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I really like the idea of an ongoing project. For me, this means shooting the same subject repeatedly, over time. Even if it's something as simple as tree that I walk by every day, taking the time to see it in different light, at different times of year, is very meaningful to me. I stop and witness the passage of time, and at the same time, gain ever increasing familiarity with a scene that I might otherwise completely overlook.

I do this a lot with the Halifax skyline and other day to day scenes in my Instagram feed (since I alway post in threes, my feed looks a whole lot better on a phone than a computer).

I also like to revisit human subjects. I have had the good fortune to work with Joel Plaskett for many years now, and have compiled considerable body of work which spans his career from early Thrush Hermit, to his most recent album The Park Avenue Sobriety Test. It's been a real pleasure getting to know Joel, and his music over the past 23 years or so. We've become good friends, and together we've produced some great photos. This is the first of many posts, in which I will reveal some of these photos, some of which have hardly seen the light of day.

An unedited version of the cover shot for Joel's most recent album, Park Avenue Sobriety Test.

One of the press shots taken on the third day.


My First Blog Post

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Until now, my only real experience with blogging has been my Instagram feed. I feel that social media and other web presences should be approached with an intentional purpose, rather than random, unconnected posts. Because the Instagram displays images in rows of three, I decided to post three photos at a time, so my feed (when viewed in thumbnail format), appears as a stack of triptychs. Sometimes a three panel panorama, other times simply three related images, this visual blog chronicles everything that catches my eye in my day to day life. You can see it here, but it looks a lot better on an iPhone, it's intended viewing device. 

This blog will include iPhone photos, as well as images from every other camera I've ever used. I'm going to start with one of my most recent images. It's a photo of Voice Monet, who I first shot in Toronto seven years ago. Last week I went to a conference held by the Society of Photographic Education in New Orleans. Not only was the conference amazing, but I got to reconnect with Voice in her home town. She took my girlfriend and I to the Audubon Park, where we caught the sun setting over the Mississippi River and, took a few photos.