I live in Toronto Ontario, but grew up in Windsor. I moved to Toronto in 1982 and lived here for several years, then returned in 1987 and have been living here since then. At that time a 35 mm camera was an expensive item, but I eventually had saved enough to purchase one and found myself taking it everywhere.
For the past five years, I have been practicing alternative photographic printing processes such as gum bichromate, casein, cyanotype, and Van Dyke. The definition of “an alternative photographic process” is a diffuse one but generally refers to a process that has been made obsolete by newer innovations such as digital printing. There is flexibility, constraint, and surprise afforded by alternative printing processes.
I had spent quite a lot of time in the past working the keyboard, so I think it is my preference now to strike a better balance by spending more time with the physical aspects of art creation. I will however, continue to use a workstation and printer for image processing and production of the negatives that are used in this process. Since I was very young, I have always had a fascination with chemistry and I think that this too contributes to my interest in alt processes. Posted below are a few examples of earlier prints.
Solargraphy: Sun Trail from my backyard one winter day
Solargraphy: 6 months exposure by lake
Cyanotype: Lake at Algonquin Park
Ferric-Gum Print: The only Ferric-Gum tri-colour print known to exist
(From a process developed by Michael Andrews)
Casein Print: New Mexico Train