These recent works were created using handmade pinhole cameras and a natural light source. Pinhole images process change as it occurs- physically, structurally, intellectually and emotionally. These images push the boundaries of traditional film photography and probe the ability of a still image to depict the passage of time.
The following images were created using a handmade 7 x 7 inch pinhole camera loaded with paper negatives. The exposures vary from three to eleven minutes
16 x 20 in.
Photograph on digital canvas
"The river is not dependent on water, we're talking about the flow."
These words, spoken by artist Andy Goldsworthy in his documentary 'Rivers and Tides' inspired me to look for the "flow" in landscapes and objects seen in my day to day life. Whether it be the curl of a flower petal, the bark on a tree, the grain of wood, or the curve of steel, these five images reflect the ever-present flow and energy that surrounds us.
"Encroach" is a miniseries that addresses the issue of excessive development in Oakville Ontario. Having lived in Oakville for fifteen years of my life, I am acutely aware of the increasing amount of construction taking place each time I visit. New developments are constantly being built: strip malls, housing developments, condominiums. With the exception of the few small protected areas, almost every vacant speck of land is undergoing construction- some sites so large it feels as though you’ve stepped into a land mine. Those areas that are not are dominated by a premature advertisement encouraging homeowners to “buy now”. These developments have been the subject of municipal debate for years. The “Town of Oakville” has fought to keep its title, though dramatic increase in population over the years has technically established Oakville as a city.
The linear arrangement of images suggests the infringement of these developments on the town of Oakville and the detrimental effects I feel it may have on the older, established areas that act as the soul of the town. While these “new and improved” developments overtake the land, the gems responsible for its original value are forgotten.
16.5 x 11 in.
"Fantastic Landscapes" combines original imagery- both film and digital photographs, to create otherworldly scenes.
The composite images on this page were created by collaging, arranging, and re-photographing compositions of both original photographs and found imagery of natural disasters around the world.
15.5 x 10.5 in.
These documentary style film photographs depicting Oakville's superfluous development compare the effect of the purist photographer's resistance to photo manipulation with heavy-handed darkroom and photoshop modification.
The enhanced images combine digital and and film photographs.