Wednesday, April 27, 2016


When Linda Large asked me to post some landscapes from my files, it started a train of thought. Ansel Adams compared photography to music. He explained that the negative is the score and the print is the execution of this score. I think he was absolutely right because if we have a negative or a RAW file for that matter we can always go back and re-interpret the score. So when I scanned a series of images from a fuchsia I made some very different images then I made in 1982, the year I took the pictures. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Another classic black and white interpretation of the hydro dam in South River. Again its an older image and this landscape has changed since extensive upgrades to the dam some years ago. 

Friday, April 22, 2016


Linda Large asked me if I could publish some landscape images from my files. well here is one of an old house in the Verner area. I made this picture in 1985 when Jack Shepherd and I were roaming the area looking for good  photo subjects. This house was of course ideal it had rich textures, patterns and shapes. The light was excellent and as abonus a very beautiful sky filled with clouds.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Last week I bought the book "Nipissing" by Françoise Noël. Most of the books on local history lack focus and are simply like a family picture album. This book however I like its well written and above all well designed.  In one chapter Françoise describes a trip along Lakeshore Drive, which in the thirties had many motels and cottages. Several of these places are still in business and a few even have vintage 1950's signs. I should have taken these photographs in the 1970's because, over the years, quite a few of these signs have disappeared. Anyway hers are the most interesting signs, I decided to re-create the feeling of the times in retro fil images. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016


This week Linda Large asked if people would post a different landscape every day for seven days. I thought this a great assignment but because I have been busy, I was not able to take pictures. But this morning I went down to the waterfront to make some very minimalist photographs of the lake. I particularly liked this image, which was probably inspired by the seascape photographs of the Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


This week I had to scan one of my archived negatives when I came across some old images I took quite a long time ago.Well I scanned them because I think our daughters would like to see them. It will remind them of their long warm Summers swimming and playing in the lake. For me its simply nostalgia and of course a looking forward to the coming Summer. I think we had enough of the snow and ice.

Thursday, April 07, 2016


When I woke up this morning I thought I had become Rip van Winkle. I thought Spring had finally arrived. Most of the snow had disappeared but that was just an illusion I guess because today Winter returned with a vengeance. So far I think we received about 40cm of the white stuff and its still snowing. So I guess we have to wait patiently for Spring to arrive.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016


When I saw this rooster outside my favourite house on Cassels Street, I had to take its picture. A friend of ours collects all kind of pictures, little sculptures, pottery etc. So i thought she would enjoy this proud and curious rooster.

Sunday, April 03, 2016


On our last photo trip, Dan and I have a few favourite areas where we like to go and we always return with a few interesting images. For this picture I used a hand colouring effect, a technique quite popular with the early pictorialists

Friday, April 01, 2016


Last Fall I explained to our young grandsons that there are elephants in the North Bay area and that they were leaving to go South for the Winter. Of course they would not believe me so I sent them a picture with a herd of elephants going down the college trails. well this morning the first group returned, even though it was foggy and drizzling. So here is the proof that Spring has definitely arrived.


Walking underneath the old railway bridge, I photographed the concrete wall across the road. I photographed this last year but decided to show the whole landscape. Of course I intensified the colour contrasting the wall with a almost monochrome landscape. I also added some grain as a visual element. By the way the colours are real but of course not as pronounced as my final rendition.