When I look at this photograph, composed on George Lake in Killarney Provincial Park, it brings back all the sensual experiences of the moment; the sound of my canoe paddle as it dipped into the stillness of the lake water; the smell of the place (freshwater, pine needles, and wood smoke); the feel of the sun on my bare neck and shoulders; the colour palette of the northern landscape (pink granite, blue water, green trees); and the taste of adventure.
I composed this photograph during a fall camping trip with my wife to Killarney Provincial Park, along the shore of Lake Huron (the north shore Georgian Bay, to be exact) in northern Ontario. I was struck by the vibrancy of the Virginia Creeper as it stretched across the surface of the Canadian Shield granite, smoothed and etched by the forces of nature and basking in the warmth of the autumn sun.
I have always been drawn to and fascinated by contrast in art and design. Warm and cold. Soft and hard. Wood paired with metal. This image captures the contrast between the weightless delicacy of the leaves, and the hulking mass of rock; the muted earthy colours of the granite, and the bright red of the foliage transformed by the kiss of an early frost; sunlight and shadow.
Contrasts make life interesting and beautiful.
In February 2014, I accompanied a team of dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants on a one week mission to villages in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador with the NGO Kindness In Action. The dental team was led by Dr. Kevin Davis, of Davis Orthodontics, and provided care to elementary school children within 1-2 hours drive of the city of Chaco.
During the course of the mission, I documented the daily activities of the team and published a blog which recorded the details of our experiences for friends and family back home. You can read all about it at Follow The Dustcloud.
A selection of photographs from the project can be found in the documentary portfolio “Ecuador”.