i got my first camera at a church bazaar in 1976 for 10 cents, a 127 kodak brownie, ancient and with no fancy whatsoever. i was eight years old. even back then 127 film was falling out of availability, which worked out well at first because kerrisdale cameras on 41st was selling off their remaining rolls, also for 10 cents a piece. i began making photographs as a 20¢ photographer, though developing was still some dollars when i finished a roll. oddly, though i have many magnitudes more dollars invested in equipment and software and errata like lens cleaning tissue, in the age of digital it's as if i'm back to where i started, save that my 30-some year passion costs less on an ongoing basis than it did all those summers ago.
the brownie's square frames were delineated only by numbers printed on the paper backing of the film, viewed through a small red window on the back of the camera, a stumbling block for an excited eight-year old who often wound the film too far and wasted a shot, of which there were but 10 on each roll. i get that same feeling even now each time venture out with the camera and go to shoot, only then realising i've left all my cf cards at home. now, as then, i get to pretend those empty frames are full of the best photographs i've ever made.
i am not a professional photographer by the strict definition, that is, i don't make more than half of my living with my cameras and lenses. that said, i do make enough doing professional work to pay for my hobby, and sometimes even my rent. my greatest love is making pictures for their own sake, the fine art aspect i suppose, but i'm also quite fond of what shooting for money cajoles me into doing, i often do my very best under pressure of performance. i'm contracted most for event work, especially the performing arts, and i'm also fond of portraiture.
this page is a quick dip into my portfolio, for greater depth please see my daily section, if you'd like to see specific examples of my work in event, weddings, portraiture, fine art and/or stock photography, please feel free to contact me via my contact page.