I have very vivid memories from my childhood. My early childhood. I recall being bathed in the kitchen sink, eating in my highchair, playing with my Busybox in my crib. I remember a moment in July 1970 when parents brought my newborn brother home from the hospital when I was shy of my second birthday. I can see him lying in his bassinet wearing nothing but a diaper and noticing the black remnant of his umbilical cord. I would lie in bed and watch the lights from passing cars dance across my wall. Our greatest times were at our grandparents’ cottage on Lake Winnipeg. I loved how the rising sun sparkled on the lake, the sounds of the waves breaking on the beach, the feel of the sand running through my fingers and the smell of the trees after a rain. I was shy growing up and would watch from the wings until I was invited into the action. I was more comfortable in a small group or with one person at a time. I spent my adolescence, immersed in music and attending whatever rock concert was in town. The multi-sensory experience with the sound and lights filled my soul. Even driving at night with the radio on had an emotional effect on me. Light, colour and atmosphere were like magic.
As a small child, much of how we see the world is in the details and like we are noticing things for the first time. We focus on individual things and explore with our senses. Photography for me is physically capturing the world as I have been viewing it since 1968. Atmosphere. Mood. Colour. Light. Texture. Details. My work is spontaneous and rarely planned. I will drop what I am doing to capture the details of my day and the world around me. I am inspired by how light plays with colour and the beauty of nature. The beauty in the smallest details. How looking into someone’s eyes draws you in, just like when you would look into your mother’s eyes. I love the quirkiness of the people I encounter on the streets of the city. I want to invite people to share how I see the world, whether it’s of the morning sunrise from the comfort of our dock or of the quiet streets of our neighbourhood on a cold winter night and the moments in between. Beauty is around us every minute of every day and I love to capture that beauty. Whenever the mood arises.