Probably one of the best things that I have done with my photography is to formulate projects for myself, to focus my effort, sharpen my creativity, and push my own limits. Several projects have ended up in book form, but others will remain on my blog. You can see what is up and comming on the project front, see what projects are ongoing, and browse through past projects. If you're looking for book projects visit the book projects page.
The only real connection I have to the city of Oakville is the fact that I went to school and now work in the city. But that hasn't stopped me from using the historic areas of Oakville for photography. So why not make a project about the story of Oakville and the historically settlements that build onto the city's rich history. The project will be shot on traditional 4x5 black & white film. Watch for this project January to June 2023!
Houses of Holy | Historic Churches of Halton Region
This project grew out of my last 52-roll project where I set out for a weekly roll with the theme of churches. I realised that in my local area there are a pile of historic churches and I started laying out what a project about these buildings could look like. Houses of Holy will look at the historic Christian churches of Halton region and capture them on traditional 4x5 black & white film. The selected buildings must have been constructed in the 19th Century and their congregations traced back to that same century and remain active today. Watch for this project from June to December 2023!
A Faded Glory
The second project that grew out of my 1867 project is related to the Railroad within Ontario. However, today the railroad has taken a back seat to other forms of transportation. Yet there is still a taste of that glorious golden age. Work on capturing the images has started as of May 2021 along with a great deal of research and writing! If you want a sneek peek, you can check out the Flickr Album! You can also follow along on the project over on the blog! Can't wait for next year? You can buy the completed book over on Blurb!
It was an ambious project to say the least, shoot at least one roll or pack of film a week for the entire year, 52 weeks, 52 rolls of film. Inspired by Mat Marrash, the project did teach me one thing, disipline with shooting, getting the film processed, and posting them online. You can check out the entire series on the blog: Project:52 on the Blog.
My 2011 fifty-two roll project was a huge success, so what could make it better, how about restricting the film and camera that I can use. 400TX:365 will be another 52 roll film project, but only using the famous Kodak Tri-X 400 film stock, all hand developed in HC-110, and shot with my trusty Nikon F3 and a 50mm lens. Check out All 52 weeks on the blog!
The 52 project for 2014, where I will shoot a sheet of 4x5 film a week. I will again be sticking to Kodak Tri-X Pan (320TX). The only defining rules is the Film has to be Tri-X and the format is 4x5, everything else is up to me! You can view all the posts over at: 52:320TXP on the Blog.
Fire & Blood - The Anglo-American War of 1812
It's been 200 years since war came to the shores of Upper Canada, and over the course of 2012 through 2016, in addition to reenacting the battles I plan on visiting as many sites from the war that I can. Missed the entries or want several months worth of reading click over to Project:1812 on the blog. Or if you want the whole thing laid out to you read it in the book which you can pick up Fire & Blood: A Pictorial History of the Anglo-American War of 1812 on Blurb now!
The return of the 52-Roll project, the 2016 version goes back to the 400TX:365 project where I'll be working with just one camera and one film stock...sort of. The idea is to get to know the Hasselblad 500c along with the Rollei RPX line of film, the spiritual successors to the Agfa APX films. Check it out at 52rolls.net!
Project:1867 - Acts of Confederation
After the end of the Anglo-American War of 1812, which I covered in 2012 through 2016, the lasting peace was not an instant thing. The Treaty of Ghent simply pushed the reset button on the whole thing. While the war gave foundation to the Canadian indenity the turbulent 19th-Century gave rise to an independent self-governing Dominion under the British Empire. The project explores the conflicts, ideas, and places that gave rise to the eventual Confederation of the British North American colonies that initially formed the Dominon of Canada. You can read all the online content on the Blog. After a long delay, you can now buy the book on Blurb.
I have lived my whole life in Milton Ontario. While a small town it is growing far quicker than while I was growing up. I have featured the town in many of my images I'm now going to feature not only the home town's historic buildings but the buildings that are important to my own life. You can see the whole project on the blog. You can also buy the print version of the project through Blurb.
While working on the Acts of Confederation Project I happened across a piece of infrastruture that intrested me, the Welland Canal. A canal that changed the course of a region but unlike the Rideau canal changed with the times and expanded, moved, and rerouted to suit a need. You can follow along the project on the Blog. Additionally you can check out the book version and buy it now on Blurb!
A return of a 52 roll project! Taking all the good aspects and guidlines of my past projects. Allowing free form shooting and a looser schedule. This year I'm sticking with the Nikon FM as my camera and any F-Mount lens I have in my collection. For film I'm sticking with black and white to make processing easy and for the stock I'm running with the three flavours of Fomapan, 400, 200, and 100. Processing in any chemical I can get my hands on and see what happens. You can look back on the project over on the blog. Watch for the book version in Feburary 2022!
World War 0
Before the American Revolution, before the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the Anglo-American War of 1812 there was really the war that started it all, on the world stage it was known as the Seven Years War, but here in North American it is known as the French-Indian War and it was the war that changed the course of the world forever. There is no planned start for this project, but I'm hoping for 2019-2020, with it being a collaboration of film photographers from around North America.
Originally planned for 2017-2018 the idea was to visit 100 sites connected to the First World War along the Western Front. And while I wasn't able to complete this during the 100th Anniversary of the Great War, I have still kept this project on file for future completion. No planned start on this one, but certainly after World War 0.
I love history, I love Canada, but I also know that history and Canada have a darkside that many prefer not to discuss. In this project I plan to tackle the dark and contraversial historical events that created Canada. Slavery, Racisim, and so much more.