Healthy Gourmet / Oprah Winfrey Network

My photos from the tv show Healthy Gourmet have been making the rounds, and I just saw this today: posted on the Oprah Winfrey Network page!

ART FOR HEART’S SAKE GALLERY

It’s been a pretty busy few weeks, so I’m a bit behind on blog posts and have some catching up to do. Here goes.

Back in January, I decided to do something a little different for my birthday. For the first time ever, I converted my studio into a Gallery-type setting and threw a party. It’s an idea I’ve had for a while, so I’m glad I finally got to execute it. It also gave me the opportunity to share a bunch of previously unpublished work. No matter what the benefits of digital photography, there’s still something better about seeing work printed and framed in person. In the darkroom, I used to have to print almost everything just to see what I shot. Now, I can go for months without ever making a print. So when finally seeing work printed up nice and big, there’s suddenly a wow factor that wasn’t there before. (Same rule applies for seeing movies in theatres – and that’s usually why I try to see stuff in theatre and at film festivals as much as possible.)

Arts has played a big part in my life, and I realized that aside from my never-ending list of gear that I want (which is far to expensive to ask for as a birthday present), I pretty much have everything I need. So, I decided to give back a bit by putting up the photos for sale, and donating all proceeds to Therapy Through the Arts – a charity that gives people, and specifically kids and teenagers – access to art therapy. I really do believe in the healing power of doing arts – no matter how tough your life might be, there’s something great about putting your thoughts down – whether it be writing, drawing, taking photos, or any other art form. It’s something I’ve done my whole life and something I continue to do. The more personal the material, the more courage it takes to do it. But there’s this sense of relief that goes along with it afterwards as well. Even if you just make something and never show it to anyone, I think there’s a lot to be gained there. If you do eventually share work with others, it’s even more powerful.

It was great to see a lot of friends out, and help them out as well by offering affordable artwork for their walls! Couldn’t ask for a better birthday present.

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Theresa Joy and CTV’s The Bridge

If you’ve been around downtown Toronto lately, you’ve probably seen one of the many posters advertising CTV’s new series The Bridge.

Well, I’d like to send a big shout out and congratulations to Theresa Joy, who plays one of the lead roles as police constable Billy.  I just got to watch the pilot episode this past weekend via the show’s website and it’s great to see a riveting cop drama shot on Toronto soil.  (As a side note, the Bridge was also filming last summer right around my studio!)

Theresa’s an extremely talented actor and dancer, and I did a shoot with her a while back.  She’s a joy to shoot with (pun completely intended).  Here are some previously un-released photos from the shoot.

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Trial Run

It’s been a busy and eventful few years for me – and I’ve had plenty to share but up until now have not set myself up on a blog. Well, I’m excited to be changing that, and hope for this blog to be a place where I can share with you:

-Events and people of interest
-Technical tips and tricks
-Gearhead news
-New work
-Behind the Scenes Photos

…and much more.

Stay tuned for more and for the official launch in 2010!