Harbor Lookout in Burlington Ontario

Harbour Lookout.

I am not a landscape photographer. I am interested in people. I am interested in our civilisation. I am interested in what traces we leave in landscapes, in cities and places. But I wait until people have gone, until they are out of the shot. So the place can start talking about us. Places are so much more able to evoke people when people are out. As soon as there is one person in the shot everybody looks at that person. If there is nobody in the shot, the beholder is able to listen to the story of that place. And that’s my job. I try to make places tell their stories about us. So I am not a landscape photographer. I am really interested in people, but my way of finding out things about people is that I do photos about their absence, about their traces. read more

Mechanicals

Closeup image of a Steam Engines drive gears.Mechanicals

“Mechanicals,” a closeup image of a working steam tractor’s drive gears.

This image of drive gears from a steam tractor was almost never published and at one point I thought was lost forever along with a lot of my images. Two months ago I suffered a hard drive crash and gained a new brick paper weight.  No problem I thought, until one late night trying to recover the images on the crashed disk I erased my other archival backup!  I live in a rural area, the cost of backing up terabytes of files on the cloud is cost prohibitive.  My flower images were gone, my flower photos were gone, this worked image was gone except in the unworked raw form.  Luckily enough my raw images from the past two years of shooting were on another still working hard drive. read more

Antique Steam Tractor Firebox

The raging inferno inside a steam tractors firebox.Antique Steam Tractor Firebox

I am a fan of all things mechanical; the older the better.  For some unknown reason I have a special spot in my heart for anything steam and/or kerosene powered. Audrey says I love all things rusty, but this is not necessarily so.  What I do love is photographing the restored details, the wear, the tear, and the workings of these behemoths.  I can be lost for hours photographing these machines, climbing up onto them with the owner’s approval, climbing underneath for a closer look and sometimes merely moving my camera inches for another composition.  “Antique Steam Tractor Firebox,” is one of many images not yet published. read more