I live in the City of Toronto, on the shores of Lake Ontario, one of Canada’s Great Lakes. The scale of the lake here is so large that the other side can’t be seen – it feels like being near on an ocean.
Like many urban beaches the one in this series is crowded with people on the weekends but nearly empty the rest of the time. These images examine those quieter moments, when solitude is possible and the mystery of Lake Ontario unfolds minute by minute, in silence. A quick bus ride can take you to the busy multi cultural metropolis that is Toronto but here silence and the power of the natural world reigns supreme.
Since photographing people is one of the mainstays of my work this series on the Lake brings balance and renewal into my world while combining two subjects that I love working with. I don’t see these images as land or seascapes, but rather as portraits of nature that also include humans.
For the last five years I’ve produced thousands of images, made during all four seasons, that look closely at the natural world and humanity’s place within it. While this was initially a ‘personal project’, it has become the center around which my work now revolves. Fortunately, the subject of my new found passion is close to my neighborhood.