18 imagesWalking or simply passing through any urban environment is about witnessing moments or fragments of life. People interact with the urban habitat and each other, going about their daily business, largely un-noticed. The intent or goal of the Urban Fragments project is to document these un-noticed moments, capturing them with the camera before they quickly disappear. Its essence is capturing scattered moments in time that reflect characteristics of our current society. The locations of the photographs are varied, as all urban places in Canada offer an opportunity to capture interesting moments. Yet Toronto is the main source because of my close proximity. The photographs presented in this series are also about the use of colour. My street photography has two sides, a black and white and a colour side. Both types of photography have a large significance in illustrating my vision of the world. Urban Fragments shows the colour aspect and how it in part shapes our urban experience. Colour enhances our ability to understand and attempt at making sense of our urban experiences. Colour significantly impacts the way these images are composed and presented. Urban Fragments makes no claim to greatness, whose photographs are not in the same breath as the masters, yet it is a record of life as it is lived everyday on the streets. The photographs are juxtapositions of life that are at the heart of the photographic process, and it’s goals are to carry on the documentary traditions of capturing moments on the street.
23 imagesPhotographing people on the street is a historical form of photography dating back to the beginning of the craft. It is a genre of photography that is simplistic in its technique, yet difficult if not impossible to get exceptional results. Perhaps this challenge in achieving an exceptional photograph is what draws me to the streets, as well as the realization that a good street image cannot be easily replicated. Further, a very exceptional image made on the street represents a singular moment in time that can possible remain relevant for many years. People are at the heart of any good street photograph and represent a challenge of courage. A good street photographer must put his camera in difficult places in order to capture the everyday movement and gestures of people. Candid moments showing emotion, humour and character can be the reward. However capturing such interesting moments mean being persistent and putting in the time. David Hurn a highly regarded Magnum photographer believes there are two major aspects to making a successful image: the angle or placement of the camera and the timing of the shutter release. It is this simplistic technique combined with simplistic equipment, namely one camera and one lens that characterizes this project. The key to harvesting good street images is a determination and persistence, reflected by spending time making images and a total dedication to craft. It is hoped the images in this project reveal this photographic essence. Revealing Strolls is centered in Toronto’s Financial District, the eighth biggest in the world and the second biggest in North America after New York City. Every weekday 200,000 people flood into and out of the district in massive hordes arriving largely by transit. These daily migrants populate this inner core of the city characterized largely by concrete and skyscrapers, forging it as their daily home. In early 2016, I set out to photograph the people who make their temporary homes in the offices and buildings of this district. By simple walking, and observing the evolving life on the street I find a multitude of photographic opportunities. The quality of light in the skyscraper tunnels is utterly fabulous, always changing and illusive, just like the character of the people on the street. The Revealing Strolls project has evolved and is still evolving from these weekly excursions.
15 imagesPhotographs of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico during a 2010 visit. Most of the images were made during the Jesus de Columna parade in early March