I am a Canadian non-fiction photographer, writer, documentary filmmaker, artist and educator based in the Greater Toronto Area.
Growing up within eyeshot of the Georgina Island reserveâ€” a small, hard place of relegation for the indigenous Chippewa peoples whose vast tracts of land my ancestors helped "settle"â€”I wasÂ instilled early with a biting awareness of the complicated co-history ofÂ indigenous and non-indigenous occupants of "Turtle Island". As such my heritage has significantly informed my practice.
After completing two degrees at Queenâ€™s University (BA Sociology with Distinction, B.Ed), I freelanced to the Kingston Whig Standard until the mid 1980s before launching my magazine career covering the Boston Marathon for TIME. Since then, I've worked on assignments in the Americas and Asia for many of the planet'sÂ news, geographical and business editorial publications. From 1995 to 1999 IÂ was the official portraitist to Their Excellencies Romeo LeBlanc and Diana Fowler LeBlanc, Office of the Governor General of Canada. Meanwhile my work has been exhibited throughout Canada and collected by the National Gallery of Canada.
Over the years I received honours from: The Art Directorâ€™s Club (New York), The Alexia Foundation for World Peace, The Advertising and Design Club of Canada, The National Magazine Awards and The Canada Council for the Arts, and the Critical Mass short list, among others.
In 2015/16 I have been returning to this field after a temporary hiatus of several years in fulltime filmmaking and teaching.
Today, withÂ batteries charged, bags packed, passport renewed,Â I am standing byÂ for your nextÂ assignment.
Sounds Like Canada, Radio interview With Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Shelagh Rogers journalist and host of such flagship programs as Morningside, Â and This Morning, Shelagh and The Next Chapter (Running time 23 min)