What Lies Behind : Photographic Insights – Volume One

Camera information:  Fujifilm X100F | f/8 | 1/640th | ISO 200 I recently re-read one of my favourite photography quotes from Ansel Adams: “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it” This statement is absolutely true.  To quote David Hobby, we should...

Renewed Focus | A New Year

I spent New Year’s Eve photographing the wedding of a wonderful couple, people whom I admire tremendously.  I am no stranger to working on December 31st of course, having done so countless times in the past as a paramedic and as a musician, but this...

2018 | Reflections of a Photographic Year

  It is December 23rd as I post this, Christmas now only two days away.  Somehow it managed to sneak up on me again, the year end rush of activity suddenly coming to an end as we prepare to spend time with family and friends.   I watched...

Twenty More | The Streets of Vancouver – Part Two

 “Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art.” Andy Warhol I love this quote.  Don’t spend all of your time consuming when...

I’ve lost my voice | The streets of Vancouver

“Most artists have experienced the creative block.  We get stuck in our work.  We beat our head against the wall: nothing.  Sometimes, it is just because we are trying something at the wrong time.” – Lukas Foss I can’t make the words come out.  I start a...

Creative Composition in Street Photography – Part Five

“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject.  The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.”   – Henri Cartier-Bresson Details matter, it’s the little things that count…. how many times have you heard sentiments like this before?  In this series we have looked at a...

Creative Composition in Street Photography – Part Four

There are many street photographers that only shoot in a candid fashion.  They wish to remain invisible, unseen, photographing the streets without interacting with their subjects.  Some feel that this is the only way street photography should be shot, preferring the more candid approaches...

New Street Photography Workshop Dates!

Hello everyone, My 2018 workshops in Vancouver (June & August), Paris (July) and Toronto (August) are now sold out.   Thank you! I have been asked to add a third Vancouver workshop in September, which is now scheduled to run from September 14th to 16th.  Course and...

Creative Composition in Street Photography – Part Two

When I work with people new to street photography, I find that some are surprised by how slow and deliberate many photographers are when they shoot.  It is a romantic notion to think of the street photographer as someone who is constantly on the...

Creative Composition in Street Photography – Part One

There is no genre of photography that brings me joy like street photography does.  When I explore the streets of a city I see photos everywhere, the world a stage filled with wonderful people and interesting moments.  It has been said before that a street...