I was mystified by the ecology of the Great Canadian Shield. As it occupies a 4-dimensional space where events very distant in the past might be profoundly relevant to present living conditions, the scale of it has an enormous impact on the well being of our planet.
The reality of the modern world that it is predominantly urban and often self-centred. As it makes most decisions about realms that are outside of its perceived interests or empirical knowledge, it is the interests of anyone to ask questions about possible outcomes.
I realized at some point that two properties of water molecules make life, as we all know it, possible. As a trained chemist, I was well aware of them, but my mind failed to apply them to the real world around me. I wonder now why it took me a decade to explore different aspects of it?
Photography from its beginning has served to document social realities. I felt compelled to use the medium in this capacity in an on-going documentary project about the city of Hamilton. My intention had been to encapsulate in a single photograph a given issue at the time as it is was brought to public attention by the city’s mass media.