The photos in my Rainbow of Iris portfolio celebrate the sumptuous beauty and resplendent colors of the iris. The flower gets its name from Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. For me, each one of these blooms is a feast for the eye and a message of the glory of nature. Preview 40 irises in this keepsake, print-on-demand publication at MagCloud.
I’ve long been fascinated with vintage advertising signs, documenting them before they vanish.As a clear writing proponent and former copywriter, I admire their concise messaging rendered in bold typography and clean designs. For me, they evoke a nostalgia for simpler times.
The 30 signs in this MagCloud portfolio, photographed in Canada and the U.S., are all painted on brick walls.Clay bricks have a special connotation for me. Not only have I always lived in brick houses in Hamilton and Toronto, but I grew up listening to my mother’s stories about living in The Brickyard.
My maternal grandparents with their four children emigrated from northern Italy to Canada in 1927. My grandfather found work at a factory making bricks and sewer pipes in Aldershot, Ontario. The family lived in a shack on the factory grounds aka The Brickyard.
As a child I loved playing with mini-bricks – those brown rubber pre-cursors to Legos. So, the images I’ve made of advertising signs painted on brick walls are layered with personal memories of times gone by.
My YouTube Videos
see my Flowers of Hope video and take a few minutes to soothe your soul and uplift your spirits! The video contains 40 images of beautiful flowers along with inspiring quotations that I posted on my optimism of color blog from April 1 to May 10, 2020 during the pandemic. the photos are available in a keepsake, print-on-demand publication with free digital download from magcloud. Flowers of Hope prints and merchandise including floral face masks are available at Pixels.
the photos of the glamorous mannequins in my all dolled up videowere made in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. Some have been featured on my optimism of color blog and in exhibitions. Thirty-eight of the photos from the video are available in a keepsake, print-on-demand publication with free digital download from Magcloud. All Dolled Up prints and merchandise are available at Pixels. NOW I THOUGHT I’D GIVE NEW LIFE TO THESE MUTE BEAUTIES BY CREATING THIS SHORT VIDEO.
Whether I’m walking around the block where I live or strolling on a beach far from home, I feel compelled to photograph moments of time on our wondrous planet. In this video, I want to share my fascination with the often overlooked bits ‘n’ bobs commonly found on beaches with some of my favourite “memento mori” quotes from famous people including William Blake, Marcus Aurelius, Ben Franklin and Kahil Gibran.
I hope that you’ll take a few minutes to view this video and experience a fresh way of seeing typical beach detritus, becoming enchanted with my vision of the ordinary transmuted into the extraordinary. Some of the images in this video have been featured on my optimism of color blog and in exhibitions. Thirty of the photographs with quotations from the video are available in a keepsake, print-on-demand publication with free digital download for $10 a copy from Magcloud. Strands of Time prints and merchandise are available from Pixels.
Recently, I’ve been doing a bit of time travelling, reviewing my old journals and slides. And so, I’ve created the video, MEXICO OBSCURA, from my amorphous memories of Mexico 1979. In this video, my slides take shape, enshrining commonplace reality with a mystical aura of holiness. Each image captures “a decisive moment” in the juxtaposition of people and their surroundings. The resulting tableaux become ambiguous narratives filled with a magical sense of mystery.
Some of the images in this video have been featured on my optimism of color blog and in exhibitions. Forty-six of the photos from the video are available in a keepsake, print-on-demand publication with free digital download for $12 from Magcloud. Prints and merchandise are available from Pixels.