Probably one of the best things that I have done with my photography is to formulate projects for myself, to focus my effort, sharpen my creativity, and push my own limits. Several projects have ended up in book form, but others will remain on my blog. You can see what is up and comming on the project front, see what projects are ongoing, and browse through past projects. If you're looking for book projects visit the book projects page.
While working on the Acts of Confederation Project I happened across a piece of infrastruture that intrested me, the Welland Canal. A canal that changed the course of a region but unlike the Rideau canal changed with the times and expanded, moved, and rerouted to suit a need. Watch for the project in the Fall of 2020.
A return of a 52 roll project! I needed a project to fill in 2021 before my next big history project. In 2021 my goal is to get used to working with the Olympus OM system with the OM-2n. But when it came to what film I would use, I settled on a strange choice, Fomapan 400. While often looked down upon, this gritty 1970s Tri-X looking film is perfect.
A Faded Glory
The second project that grew out of my 1867 project is related to the Railroad within Ontario. However, today the railroad has taken a back seat to other forms of transportation. Yet there is still a taste of that glorious golden age. Work on capturing the images will begin the summer of 2021 and with publishing taking place over 2022.
I have lived my whole life in Milton Ontario. While a small town it is growing far quicker than while I was growing up. I have featured the town in many of my images I'm now going to feature not only the home town's historic buildings but the buildings that are important to my own life. You can follow along on the blog. Watch for the first post on the 18th of March.
It was an ambious project to say the least, shoot at least one roll or pack of film a week for the entire year, 52 weeks, 52 rolls of film. Inspired by Mat Marrash, the project did teach me one thing, disipline with shooting, getting the film processed, and posting them online. You can check out the entire series on the blog: Project:52 on the Blog.
My 2011 fifty-two roll project was a huge success, so what could make it better, how about restricting the film and camera that I can use. 400TX:365 will be another 52 roll film project, but only using the famous Kodak Tri-X 400 film stock, all hand developed in HC-110, and shot with my trusty Nikon F3 and a 50mm lens. Check out All 52 weeks on the blog!
The 52 project for 2014, where I will shoot a sheet of 4x5 film a week. I will again be sticking to Kodak Tri-X Pan (320TX). The only defining rules is the Film has to be Tri-X and the format is 4x5, everything else is up to me! You can view all the posts over at: 52:320TXP on the Blog.
Fire & Blood - The Anglo-American War of 1812
It's been 200 years since war came to the shores of Upper Canada, and over the course of 2012 through 2016, in addition to reenacting the battles I plan on visiting as many sites from the war that I can. Missed the entries or want several months worth of reading click over to Project:1812 on the blog. Or if you want the whole thing laid out to you read it in the book which you can pick up Fire & Blood: A Pictorial History of the Anglo-American War of 1812 on Blurb now!
The return of the 52-Roll project, the 2016 version goes back to the 400TX:365 project where I'll be working with just one camera and one film stock...sort of. The idea is to get to know the Hasselblad 500c along with the Rollei RPX line of film, the spiritual successors to the Agfa APX films. Check it out at 52rolls.net!
Project:1867 - Acts of Confederation
After the end of the Anglo-American War of 1812, which I covered in 2012 through 2016, the lasting peace was not an instant thing. The Treaty of Ghent simply pushed the reset button on the whole thing. While the war gave foundation to the Canadian indenity the turbulent 19th-Century gave rise to an independent self-governing Dominion under the British Empire. Starting in 2018 I will be exploring the conflicts, ideas, and places that gave rise to the eventual Confederation of the British North American colonies that initially formed the Dominon of Canada. You can read all the online content on the Blog. The book has now been completed and release is planned for later in April 2020.
World War 0
Before the American Revolution, before the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the Anglo-American War of 1812 there was really the war that started it all, on the world stage it was known as the Seven Years War, but here in North American it is known as the French-Indian War and it was the war that changed the course of the world forever. There is no planned start for this project, but I'm hoping for 2019-2020, with it being a collaboration of film photographers from around North America.
Originally planned for 2017-2018 the idea was to visit 100 sites connected to the First World War along the Western Front. And while I wasn't able to complete this during the 100th Anniversary of the Great War, I have still kept this project on file for future completion. No planned start on this one, but certainly after World War 0.