April 2015: Events & More

Contact Logo SBCPF_logo_CMYKSMALL_300dpiI’m sure excited to say welcome…but first, I want to let you know that Contact begins May 1 weekend! Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is an annual event held in May with well over 1500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Stephen Gilligan and I will be sharing one of these venues! But more on that later in the blog (as well as on my events page).


And here is a link to a news article featuring Stephen Gilligan and myself regarding the Contact show:

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to my new blog post. Yes, it’s on a new platform and linked to a newly designed website! All very exciting indeed!
There are a number of things I want to share and a few new images to show.


Kent Farndale Gallery
It has been a busy few months since I last put anything on here.The year began with a solo exhibit at the beautiful Kent Farndale Gallery in Port Perry.

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Thank you to all those who came out and enjoyed this gorgeous space. One does not often get an opportunity to display so much work in an environment so conducive to viewing photographs. The quiet, the lighting, the viewing atmosphere – all just so perfect. Thanks to Amy for all the help.


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I just returned from a tiring, yet beautiful trip to the other side of the world; the Maldives to be precise. This is a long and narrow country, formed by a series of 1,200 islands and atolls. Located in the area of the Indian Ocean and the Arabian sea, it is truly an exotic location which I was fortunate to visit for the sole purpose of photographing a wedding for a lovely couple from the Czech Republic.

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Oh yes, it took me over 26 hours (three flights and one boat) to get there and even longer to return! Did I mention it is far?

I’ve visited a lot of islands in the Caribbean, but never have I seen water this colour. The Maldives is an underwater paradise for those wishing to scuba or snorkel the endless beauty of its colourful reefs.



As this was a trip to photograph a wedding, I found very little time to make personal images. But here is a typical occurrence found on the shoreline in only a few centimetres of depth. Small sharks are everywhere!

The island at which we stayed, is very small – only 1,300 metres in length. But, in addition to the sole resort (as is usually the case in most of the smaller islands) it is home to around 400 locals who have their own beautiful sports fields for volleyball & soccer, tennis courts, and a community centre. Most of the islanders work for the resort. I believe it is typical that the island resorts are indeed small villages as well. Very unique. This particular island is around 50 kilometres from the capital, Malé. Travel by sea is a way of life in the Maldives!

Since it is close to the equator it is predictably hot. Yet not all is perfect in this part of the world, as global warming creates climate change and the resulting rising sea levels are of great concern here. The Maldives averages only 1.37 metres above sea level and is only 2.44 metres above sea level at its highest point!

The entire existence of this country is threatened, for as the polar ice caps melt, the sea continues to rise.

A Break
I’ve decided not to return to teach at Durham College next fall. This is not a permanent decision, just a break – as I love sharing my photo knowledge with the wonderful young people who take my courses. And I shall miss them very much next fall.

Won’t miss their phones though. 

Recent Shoots
Several shoots of note to mention.

• Industrial shoot for a steel manufacturer. Thanks to Redwood Marketing for the continued opportunity to work with them.



• Recently I shot  an opera singer called Victoria Gydov.  Wow!

Victoria is a classically trained soprano who sings a wide repertoire of music.

If you’ve never heard her sing, do yourself a favour and visit her site at:






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• Just two weeks ago I shot a series of photographs for the

wonderful writer, Suzanne Crone. She was doing an article on violin making for Musical Toronto.

Here is a link to the article:



 Pan Am & Parapan Games


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I am very happy to announce that my proposal to shoot for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games has been accepted. So, this should be a very busy summer. Yes!


Contact and Other shows

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Back to Contact 2015. My good friend and very talented landscape photographer, Stephen Gilligan, and myself, have acquired what must be the most unique gallery venue to exhibit our work!

Our exhibit explores the nuance of place and occurrence in both natural and contrived environments.

Katya, the bookseller who owns The Great Escape in the upper Beaches area, has agreed to let us transform her garage into a gallery.

Here is a direct Contact link to our exhibit:


Our space is small, very cozy and we would love to have you come visit.
New work will be featured in this exhibit.

501 Places008 501_DSC0038 copyIf you can’t make it on opening night (Sunday, 3rd May from 6-9pm) then please visit anytime during The Great Escape’s bookstore hours until May 30.

At the same time you can browse through the fine collection of books in Katya’s lovely shop.




And here is a link to a news article featuring Stephen Gilligan and myself regarding the Contact show:


The Great Escape Book Store
957 Kingston Rd
Toronto M4E 1S8
(416) 691-7150


Tue–Sat, 10am–5pm
Sun, 2pm–5pm

Opening night:
Sunday, 3rd May from 6-9pm

Refreshments will be served at the opening!

Here is a list of other shows in which I am participating this summer:

• Pelham Art Festival (Fonthill)
May 8 – 10, 2015

• Rotary Arts Festival (Cobourg)
July 1 – 4, 2015

• Buckhorn Fine Art Festival (Buckhorn)
August 15 – 17, 2015

• Artfest Distillery (Toronto)
Sept 4 – 7, 2015

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