ABOUT TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS:
In 1970, at the age of 28 and obsessed with a desire to express my inner feelings about social justice issues, I enrolled in the Photography Program at Conestoga College, where I was fortunate to have spent three years studying with former Magnum photographer, Kryn Taconis. Upon graduating in 1973, I immediately started working at the University of Waterloo as a photographer and technician. In September of the following year I began teaching courses in visual media to Environmental Studies students. I also started exhibiting my work, freelancing, and working on my first book project, 'Manitou Miniss, Island of the Manitou,' a photo documentary of the people of Wikwemikong in Manitoulin Island, Ontario. The book was published in 1982, the same year as I left the university to freelance full time.
My early freelance clients included The Toronto Star, Maclean's Magazine, various Canadian Government Ministries, The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, and a variety of editorial, commercial and corporate accounts. In addition, I pursued my personal documentary projects that, in 1986, took me to Nicaragua, where I photographed sporadically over four years, a project that culminated in my second book, 'Nicaragua Portfolio,' published in 1991.
In 1987, I accepted a full-time position teaching Photojournalism at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, a position I held until my retirement in 2008, although I taught there occasionally on a part-time basis until I moved to Kitchener-Waterloo in June, 2015.
In the photo galleries that follow, I include excerpts from the Manitoulin Island book project, Nicaragua Portfolio, Remnants, and other miscellaneous personal images. As time goes on, I will add more current material.
Please enjoy what you see.