I can't remember my life before photography. As a child, armed with my trusty Kodak 126, my parents would count on me to capture their family vacations of film. I was fascinated with how my camera gave me the ability to capture a moment in time. The people, the places, the emotions - they would all be there waiting for me anytime I wanted to visit.
As I grew up, my camera maintained a prominent place in my life. I took three years of graphic arts in high school, which blossomed into a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan. Things were moving quickly for me, but the siren call of the outdoors was too much for me to bear after university and I quickly moved out west. My life became a collage of mountain hiking, rock climbing and snowboarding. Although my camera was always hanging from my neck, my passion for photography was forced to share space with my passion for the outdoors.
I was initially troubled by the duality my life seemed to be leading, but it wasn't long until I realized that the outdoors and photography would never be seen as separate entities to me ever again. Whether it's a prairie sunset, a mountain storm, or a single flower, the light and the camera are now a potent combination in my life. I have shot many rolls of film, but have now moved into the digital realm and shoot and print my images digitally.
There is something incredible about light coming from a star 93 million miles away, reflecting off of something as magnificent as a mountain, as stunning as a glacier or as delicate as a butterfly's wing. The light gives that object it's color, it's intensity and it's character, then with my lens I can shape and mould the light further. Both the character of the light and my vision come together to create the image.
I have found my voice through photography. My camera is the bridge between my eyes and my heart, and I’m always striving to represent this union through my photographs.