I'm an Ottawa photographer inspired by light and by finding unique perspectives. This macro photo of globe thistles in late summer is an example - the warm light and interesting shapes create a more evocative scene than even a shot of a field allowed to grow wild would.
A photograph can tell a story, highlight a detail, or evoke a feeling, and can then be used by someone else to make their words even more compelling. I love language just as much as I love images and light. I enjoy the challenge of making a photo descriptive and evocative.
As much as I enjoy the challenge of examining small and ordinary objects for new perspectives and unseen beauty, sometimes attempting to convey the splendour of a landscape or cityscape is both challenge and reward enough.
Perhaps you have to win awards, praise, or earn your living by it to truly be called a photographer. Perhaps you just have to use a camera. I'm more concerned with the ongoing quest to improve my vision and my technical skill, and in so doing create some terrific photographs.
Although I prefer to let as much of the magic as possible happen inside the camera (vs. injecting special effects and image composites with software), this doesn't mean that you can't use that magic creatively.
I take my camera with me wherever I go; there are endless opportunities to see and shoot something new, or in a new light or point of view. Sometimes it is also possible to see a story unfold in front of you and tell it through photosgraphs, as happened during the Beechwood fire in 2011.