This website features a few photographs from me, a non-profit professional, dad, backcountry camper, occasional writer, and lover of photography. I live in beautiful Prospect, Nova Scotia, in the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq peoples.
A few words about my ethics and photography…I’m not accomplished enough to have a ‘genre’. I just take photos. But, I do love street photography, even though I am often uncomfortable taking photos of strangers. I believe that street photography is an art form, with the purpose of capturing an image that is artistic or a record of social history. So I support the right of freedom of expression and the ability to capture our world through images.
However, I know there is a fine line between invading a person’s privacy and capturing their image as a snapshot of the reality around us.
I share very few of the photos I take and am selective about what images I sell as prints. While I do capture and post street images without talking first to the subject, I have mainly done that in Canada. For images I’ve taken in the Global South and shared on this website – or in my photo exhibit Southern Exposure – I asked for permission to take and show that photo publicly if the person is clearly identifiable.
My travels in the Global South were primarily for work as a communications specialist with an international development NGO. While there, I tried to act as a “concerned photographer,” a phrase coined by Cornell Capa to describe those photographers who through their work demonstrate a humanitarian impulse to use images to educate and change the world, not just to record it.
Regardless of where I am, I do my best to embrace the US National Press Photographers Association’s code of ethics. The code says that you should not alter your images in a way that is misleading to viewers or misrepresents subjects, nor intentionally stage the scene. And when taking photos, you should give special consideration to vulnerable or marginalized subjects. For ‘street portraits’, I tell the subject why I took the photo, and ask for permission to add the image to my gallery.
My film photos were shot primarily with the following cameras:
35mm SLR cameras – Contax 139, Pentax K-1000, Minolta X-370, Yashica FX-D, Konica Autoreflex T
35 mm Rangefinder camera – Canon QL17
35mm Film Point & Shoot cameras – Yashica T2, Pentax PC35, Canon Sure Shot 85, Nikon L35AF
120mm Medium Format film camera – Holga 120N
My digital photos were shot with the Pentax K-30 and the Pentax MX-1
[Yeah, I’ve collected too many cameras]