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My interest in photography started with Landscapes. I had been painting cityscapes and urban landscapes in both New York and Toronto in the years prior to leaving Canada and being a painter, my approach to the early Landscape Photography was very much that of a painter. It relies heavily on colour, texture, & geometry in composition but also in what determines a worthy subject. In this portfolio shot in Great Britain, mood and light play an important recurrent theme. In setting the levels of the final images, close attention was paid to create strong, expressive skies that are so important to a complete and true image of Britain.
When using the follow your nose method of travel, itineraries are vague, choose a direction, or country and a time frame, never choose a route in advance & never book in advance. Research enough to know you want to go there and be sure that the season is right, other than that, keep in the moment. This method had a major influence on my work, while the intent was fine art it was also meant to chronicle where I had been and what I had seen. Simple scenes and cropping mark the norm when capturing so many new and continually changing images. Time becomes another important theme, whether a fortification, a dolman, a trail on the forest floor or an undisturbed natural feature, my mind goes back to those who came before me, the invaded, the conquerors, their beliefs, and way of life. Some of them were my ancestors. You can view a dolman as a Celt, march the road as a Roman, walk the castle ramparts as a Soldier, or just speculate on the magical properties of the Worm as people have done for eons. There seems at first to be a paradox to a North American between the rapid pace of change and the vast amount of history remaining, it's when you return to your B&B in an 1850's row house you realize there is none.