About Me2019-04-13T18:44:42-04:00


My father gave me my first camera when I was five. He taught me how to develop film and how to make contact prints using sunshine. He also instilled in me a love of nature and natural things.

I practiced photography on a limited professional basis while attending university. Work for newspapers, some portraiture and even some fashion photography kept my Rolleiflex and me quite busy. The high point was providing the architectural photos for a book on Victorian Exeter, and then doing murals of the 17th century organ in Exeter Cathedral to help the campaign for its restoration in 1965.

During the eighties and nineties I had three one-man exhibitions in Mississauga and Toronto and have supplied numerous pictures for books, calendars, websites and the Toronto Star. Today I mainly produce fine art prints and an annual calendar along with the occasional commercial job.

I came to Canada over 40 years ago and although I love to travel overseas, I never tire of photographing this magnificent country. And as an added bonus, the beauty of the USA is right next door!

Many photographers are interested in the gear their fellow artists use. While it’s the photographer who crafts the picture, his tools are important enablers. My tools include a Phase One DF IQ180 medium format digital camera for landscape and contemplative work, a Sony a99 for wildlife and a Leica M9 as a “carry around” when I want to travel light.


Until fairly recently I regarded cameras primarily as tools, largely purchased for their utility and functionality. This isn’t to say I didn’t get a lot of pleasure out of poring over specs before acquisition, or “playing” with the new instrument when it arrived...


(I originally wrote this article in 1984 for Seasons magazine. I understand it was subsequently used by Cornell University as part of one of their courses. I reprint it here because the message is now more relevant than ever.)



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