ZOOM | New Year 2019

spiderplus

A magazine showcasing the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada - its people, spectacular scenery, coast lifestyle and vibrant arts scene.

After a 23-year career as a commercial

studio photographer in Toronto, having

graduated from the photography program

at Ryerson, I found myself in Vancouver

in 1994, looking for a complete lifestyle

change. My curiosity about computers led me to try on a

new hat in graphic design. Desktop publishing was still in

its infancy when I received the opportunity to work with

Photoshop 3, and that introduced me to the digital era

in photography. I bought my first DSLR in 2005, a Canon

20D. It was a far cry from the quality of my 6x7 Mamiya

RZ, but something told me digital photography was my

future and that image quality would improve with each

succeeding camera update. I have not been disappointed.

“AS A

PHOTOGRAPHER

WHO IS

FASCINATED BY

THE DIVERSITY

AND WONDER OF

THIS PLANET I AM

NURTURED BY

THE SUBJECTS

I PHOTOGRAPH

AND JOURNEYS

I TAKE . . .”

British Columbia opened my eyes to a new appreciation

of landscape photography. Flat fields of Ontario farmland

gave way to tall trees, majestic mountains, and the deep

blue ocean. I bought a 13”x19” Epson printer and began

printing images for sale in craft shows. The Sunshine

Coast called me in 2009. and with my love of hiking and

carrying a camera, I was soon showing my photography

here as well.

I’ve always been an intuitive empath who easily picks up

the energy of people and nature. When I photograph a

tree, I feel that energy, which I allow my camera to record.

Photography is not an ordinary experience for me; I

have the desire to capture the essence of that subject.

I don’t need a substance to feel “stoned” on life. I get

high photographing a rushing stream in Cliff Gilker Park,

feeling the fast water flowing through me. Chapman

Creek waterfalls is a torrent of delight after heavy rains.

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