My father is a gifted photographer (as was his mother, who is so rarely in any of the family photos), and I grew up exposed to the beautiful worlds we can construct by repositioning our point of view. At 12, I was given my first camera, and confused my parents by developing a roll of film devoted almost exclusively to a bird’s eye view of fresh, spring leaves blanketing the ground. My love affair with finding worlds through a camera lens has grown substantially, along with my passion for seeking out wondrous places on Earth.
From the photojournalism of Henri Cartier Bresson, compositional magic of André Kertész’s street photography, to the portraiture stylings of Cindy Sherman and the countless experimental 8 mm filmmakers I was expoed to during my years working in the film industry in Toronto, these inspirations have lit a monumental path, and I’m so grateful to live in a world where this kind of genius flourishes.
“As above, so below.” The macrocosm and microcosm are reflected in each other. I am as often moved to capture minute, fleeing and abstracted details as I am the landscapes and vast tableaux everywhere around us.
I’ve been very fortunate to have had the chance to publish and exhibit some of my work (mostly in Canada), and to have had my first self-published photography book, Tag It! Toronto: A City’s Imagination Revolution, sell out in its first run at the (tragically) now-closed, Queen Street West landmark, Pages Bookstore. If you’ve clicked on the link, you can also find a few other photo compilations by searching under my name.
I’m currently loving the process of doing a daily photo diary from here in Japan, right here on the site, called (this is a no-brainer) Japan Photo Diary.
And, if you’re not tired yet, I’ve also got a bunch of photos grouped into a semblance of themes, mostly from my Southeast/South Asian travels from the past few years, here. Thanks for taking a look!