Narrative I | January 14 – February 29 2016 | Opening January 28 6pm-9pm
I am a child of the 1950’s, third of four children of two WWII veterans. As a businessman our father travelled extensively, and we lived in various cities in Canada as well as five years in Australia. After graduating high school in Winnipeg I came to Toronto to study photography at Ryerson. On leaving Ryerson my career started with three years employment at Agfa’s distribution centre here in Toronto. I then began seeking work as an assistant/photographer and was fortunate to join with Masao Abe for ten years and Shun Sasabuchi for fifteen years. I am very grateful to both these photographers as they helped me grow both professionally and artistically.During this time I was persuing my own work, primarily event and street photography .
For the last five years I have been shooting product photography as well as my own personal projects. At present I am scanning and printing archived black and white negatives from the 80’s and 90’s, and have recently completed a series of photographs on Halloween and the Santa Claus Parade that were taken since 2012.
These photos are from a personal project that was undertaken to illustrate the special place that dogs hold with us. The dog/human relationship is just that, and as with most relationships there are ups and downs, strengths and weaknesses.
Dogs have been an integral part of our family for decades. Our father had “Jeeves”, a spaniel that would ride with him on his motorcycle. His Army unit in Europe during WWII always had dogs for support and protection. Years later our family brought “Haggis” back with us when we returned to Canada in 1963 (Haggis was a spaniel that our sister Heather picked out at a country fair in Australia ) Haggis liked to chase seagulls and cars and got two broken legs in the process. But he survived and thrived for nineteen years. The canine tradition continues today with our sister Anne who breeds and shows French Bulldogs.
It is estimated that there are 525 million dogs worldwide, and about 73 million in the U.S.A. alone. Each year in North America there are 6-8 million dogs and cats admitted to shelters, with 3-4 million being euthanized. And just like us dogs come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and dispositions. There are showdogs, herding dogs,land mine dogs, tracking and rescue dogs, fighting dogs, drug sniffing dogs guide dogs, etc., etc. Dogs and humans have been together for 30-40,000 years. They give us companionship and affection, providing us with physical and emotional benefits. Fifty percent of dog owners say their dogs motivate them to exercise. And three quarters of dog owners consider their pet to be “Part of the Family”.
In conclusion, this may be a project with endless possibilities. There seem to be a limitless amount of images that can be used to illustrate that special relationship that exists between us and “Man’s Best Friend”.