I sparked an interest in photography at an early age and find I am continually learning more about the various aspects of the craft. As a self-taught photographer, I rely on the endless resources available on the internet as well as the wealth of knowledge that can be gained from my peers. I joined the Owen Sound Camera Club in January 2005 and spent the 2006-07 season as President. They were not online at the time so I built them a website that has not only marked their place on the web but helped the club grow to nearly twice the size it was when I had joined. I stepped back from the leading role for a few years but took it on again for two years beginning in September of 2013. It’s not an easy task, that’s for sure, but it’s something I like doing.
I have a great interest in iPhone photography as well. The camera on the iPhone is really amazing. It takes great photos and the selection of apps that you can use to edit and share your photos is endless. In fact, I have so much fun with iPhone photography that I have sold off all of my Canon gear and have gone all-in iPhone for my photography. I have another site where I showcase some of my iPhoneography. You can see more at shotoniphoneonly.com, on my Flickr Photostream, or my Instagram.
To publish a book of my photos is one of the things I always wanted to accomplish as a photographer. In 2018 I finally realized that dream and published an eBook about my iPhone photography. I struggled with how to go about it because my first thought was to write about how to DO iPhone photography, but the medium is constantly changing – apps change, the phones themselves change with new releases every year. Then I had an epiphany. I would tell my story about my journey when I made the transition from traditional photography to iPhoneography. Every page has a photo on it that was taken with one of the iPhones I’ve owned since starting with the 4s. The book is available on the Apple Books Store and is available in 51 countries.
I’ve enjoyed listening to podcasts for years. In fact, podcasts have been one of my prime resources for learning what I know about technology. My love of iPhone photography led me to a search on iTunes for a show about it. There was but one such show, Tiny Shutter. I was immediately hooked on the show and the guys on there were just like me, passionate about taking pictures with their iPhone.
I’m honoured to say that I became a co-host on the Tiny Shutter podcast but sadly, in the fall of 2020, Tiny Shutter wrapped up production as we knew it, but the show’s co-founder Marc Sadowski still does the odd episode when time permits. You can catch up on past episodes on iTunes or the Tiny Shutter website. There is a great community on their Facebook Group and Instagram is the home of tons of iPhone photos by people using the hashtag #tinyshutter.
In January 2020, after taking over as host of an online community for iPhoneographers caller The Artful iPhotography Community, I decided to dip my toes into the podcasting pool with my own show. It started as The Artful iPhotography Interviews where I interviewed members of the community as well as special guests from the iPhoneography space. Since then, the name has changed to The iPhoneography Podcast and I’ve accepted the torch passed on to me from Marc Sadowski to carry on with a podcast dedicated to all things iPhoneography. Dave Podnar, a fellow Tiny Shutter alumni, has joined me as co-host. The podcast lives at iphoneography.ca.
I’ve always maintained that there are certain genes in our bodies that allow us to excel at certain things. Exercise for example, now there’s a gene I missed out on. But the gene I was blessed with is one that grants me the ability to understand technology. It just comes naturally to me. I enjoy it and embrace it. Some folks are not interested in it, or may be afraid of it, but not me. I’ll listen to a tech podcast before I’d be the least bit worried about the latest album from the world’s biggest pop star.
It’s the only sport I really like enough to give it my full attention. I like hockey, but racing is my sport, especially NASCAR and Formula 1. There’s so much more to it than going fast. It’s truly a team sport. Those drivers don’t build their cars, they don’t repair them if they get damaged, they don’t transport them to and from the races by themselves, they don’t tune the engines, and they don’t jump out to change the tires and refuel it on a pit stop. It’s really cool to see how those teams work together to get the best result they can.