As a child, the title character in Barbara Cooney's children's book, Miss Rumphius, is given these words of advice by her elderly grandfather:
"You must do something to make the world more beautiful."
Later in life, she achieves this goal - literally - by scattering bushels of lupine seeds that transform the landscape as they flower.
Oh, but there are a lot of ways to make the world more beautiful.
A photograph is one interpretation of a fleeting and variable mix of light, time, subject and circumstance. It can hold a story, evoke a memory or emotion, tell an uncomfortable truth, or reveal hidden beauty. Over the years, I've explored the "how" of digital photography: understanding f-stops, qualities of light, and the functions of at least a few of the bazillion buttons on my camera.
There's always more to learn, but I'm sure of this: I'm awake when making pictures. Rarely do I feel quite as present as I do when I'm out with my camera. This, I've discovered, is my photographic "why." I do it not only to please my eye, but also my soul.
I'm drawn to the shapes, tones and moods of the natural world. After years of hibernating during Canadian winters and avoiding mud puddles, I’ve been pleasantly re-introduced to the outdoors through photography. A minor miracle, maybe, but one for which I’m grateful.
I make photos for myself... but if something about them resonates with you, I think that human connection is pretty exciting. Beautiful, even.
It's this connection, and how it can be extended for wider meaningful impact, that has prompted me to share my images, especially those that offer a sense of peace or positive energy.
I think the "right" piece of art - one that speaks to us personally - brings relaxation and sanctuary to our living spaces, and clarity and inspiration to our working spaces. These are among the gifts provided by all forms of creative work.
Have a look at the photographs to see whether any of them are "right" for you and your spaces.
As for the wider meaningful impact: I'll contribute a percentage of the purchase price of each print sold to one of several charitable organizations serving Ontario's Waterloo Region
(a children's hospital, a hospice, a library, and more... please read about them in each gallery).
These organizations are doing important work.
They're making the world more beautiful (no lupines necessary).
And we can help.
Thanks. I’m so glad you’re here.