I’m a Victoria-based photographer specializing in the wet collodion photographic method. Since 2012, I have been deeply involved in this historic process, rediscovering my passion for handmade photography and reconnecting with my artistic roots. Having previously worked as a freelance commercial photographer in Winnipeg during the film and darkroom era of the mid-90s and the subsequent digital revolution of the early 2000s, I felt a strong longing to return to the tactile and immersive experience of traditional photography.
Inspired by the desire to embrace the tangible and captivating aspects of the wet plate process, I embarked on a transformative journey. After attending a workshop with Jody Ake, I delved headfirst into mastering this antique photographic method, finding a depth and authenticity that had been missing from my digital work.
Over the years, my wet plate photography has gained recognition and exposure through various exhibitions. Notable showcases include the Xchanges Members Show and the 'Last Stand: Ancient Forests, Collective Action' exhibition at Fortune Gallery. Additionally, I have participated in the esteemed Sooke Fine Art Show on several occasions, earning 'Best Photography' award in 2013. Furthermore, I successfully published a book titled 'Of Land & Sea - Portraits of Coastal British Columbia Farmers, Fishers, and Harvesters,' featuring original glass plate photographs, accompanied by two solo gallery exhibitions.
In May 2022, I collaborated with found object artist Will Gordon for a captivating exhibition entitled 'Broken' at Fortune Gallery. This unique showcase presented a fusion of our artistic visions, resulting in a thought-provoking display centered on mental health and wellness. You can explore my captivating work through 'The Broken Project' on my website.
Through my dedication to the wet collodion process, I strive to create visually compelling images that offer a distinctive narrative unique to this antique method. My works have been displayed in numerous juried and non-juried exhibitions, both individually and as part of group shows. They have also found homes in private collections across Victoria, Vancouver, Winnipeg, the United States, Australia, and Thailand.
Additionally, my photography has garnered attention in various publications such as The Watershed Sentinel, Boulevard Magazine, Where Winnipeg Magazine, Manitoba Business Magazine, and Ciao Food and Restaurant Magazine, among others. These features have further solidified my presence in the artistic community and allowed me to share my passion with a wider audience.
I continue to explore the intricate possibilities and rich aesthetic of the wet collodion process, capturing evocative moments and preserving them through this timeless medium.