I was born in Vancouver but grew up in the suburbs, so it was years before I started to really discover the city. I keep finding neighbourhoods and perspectives I didn't know existed. Those out of the way corners that no one ever considered photographing are what I live for.
I learned photography by doing a lot of it. I think that's the best way to learn any craft, rather than being shown the "right" way to do it. It can take longer but you end up with something that belongs to you, and reveals something about the way you think, or feel.
My work is a reflection of what interests me. Often it's something pretty abstract. I like the unpredictable things that light can do; I like compressing a long period of time into one image; I like the rush of capturing a fleeting moment when sunlight was falling just right. Above all I want to create images that feed your eyes and hopefully end up on your wall!
“Perhaps the only difference between me and other people is that I've always demanded more from the sunset; more spectacular colours when the sun hits the horizon.” - Lars von Trier
Do photographers have to show things exactly as they are or are they as free as other visual artists to reimagine reality? The invention of the camera freed painting from having to record how things looked. This gave artists the freedom to create styles like impressionism and cubism. Today, because of smartphones, almost everyone has a camera at hand all the time. So now photography itself has more freedom, since anyone can capture how something actually looks.
In my work, I demand more from the sunset. I combine images taken from different parts of the day - from the exact same spot - to create a heightened reality. I also combine short and long exposures, so I can freeze a flock of birds while allowing rippling water to smooth out and reflect the sky like glass. But the first step is to study the sky, see what’s developing and predict what the clouds will do, so I can squeeze every drop out of a beautiful Vancouver evening.