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Kids Who Can by Photosensitive

Next week some of my photos are going on display at the Allen Lambert Galleria on Bay Street in Toronto. No, they are not oil rig shots or business portraits, they are photographs of kids with disabilities enjoying themselves.

In partnership with Easter Seals foundation, the photographers collective, Photosensitive, is about to launch its latest project, Kids Who Can and I’m honoured to have been a part of it. These are a few of the pictures I shot last summer for the project.

This project saw 25 photographers and film makers visit Easter Seals camps across Canada to capture insights into the world of children with disabilities and the energy, enthusiasm and courage they and their families bring to daily life. You can see more of the photos from the exhibition at the Toronto Star.

Early my career I was lucky to have met a great group of photographers when I worked in Toronto and Ottawa in the 1980’s. They were best of the best in the wire, newspaper and magazine photo business.  As many of them progressed in their careers they set out to do more  with their cameras than the daily routine of news photography and use their photojournalism skills for something bigger and lasting.

Founded in 1990 by legendary Toronto Star photographer Andrew Stawicki, Photosensitive set out on a mission to make a difference, one documentary photography project at a time. Their ambition; harnessing the power of the camera to achieve social goals.

They believed an excellent photograph has the potential to effect change by expanding a viewer’s field of vision. And they wanted Canadian photographers to have an opportunity to take the time, to get to know their subjects, to reveal stories, together, in a way that might make the world a better place.

Since then Photosensitive has completed more than 20 projects, some large some small, about social issues in our time. They range from poverty in Toronto and HIV/AIDS in Rwanda to big picture concepts like water, which I also contributed and energy. Their massive Cancer Connection project took more than two years and involved hundreds of photographers across Canada.

Through this group’s photographs one is able to see beyond the headline and examine the reality that lies beneath the surface.

If you are in Toronto between Mar 6 – 16, 2012 please take the time to visit this exhibition in the Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street. The exhibition consists of 60 large-format photos and a touch screen unit showing 12 short films of camps from across the country. The space is open 24/7 and is free to the public.

If not, make sure to visit and see the power of the image and the work, away from work, of Canada’s best photojournalists.

Photoshop is for wimps.

Ocean racing legend Alex Thomson does a " keel walk " for Hugo Boss ad

This is how great photos get made. Not with Photoshop but with a creative vision, some good planning and solid coordination. When Hugo Boss wanted a memorable ad shot they turned to sailing legend Alex Thomson and his 8 tonne 60 foot carbon fibre yacht, a 255 horsepower jet ski, 45 combined years of sailing experience ….and a production team with nerves of steel.

Check out the video below for how they did it and visit Alex Thomson Racing website for more spetacular (And REAL) photos.

The photographers Valentine

Another great piece from Aaron Johnson at What The Duck

Happy Valentine’s Day to all those poor souls in a relationship with a photographer.



Andrew MacNaughtan dies on photo shoot.

Toronto photographer Andrew MacNaughtan died yesterday in Los Angeles of a heart attack while on a shoot with Canadian rock band, Rush.

A statement on Rush’s Facebook page said “We’re deeply shocked and heartbroken to learn of the sudden passing of our close friend and longtime photographer, Andrew MacNaughtan. He was a sweet person and a very talented artist. Words cannot describe how much he will be missed.”

Andrew has documented Rush for many years, but is famous for his portraits, album covers and music videos for the Who’s Who of the Canadian music business. He was no stranger he in Newfoundland either as he is responsible for much of the photography and video for Great Big Sea. Alan Doyle said, “A great and constant friend to GBS and to me. Much Love to his Family and Friends.”

The photographer’s most recent work was a book called ‘Grace: Africa in Photographs’, with proceeds going to Art Gives Hope, a charity he founded in 2006.

MacNaughtan, a four-time JUNO Award winner (for Rush, Our Lady Peace, Tom Cochrane and Jann Arden) has worked with some of Canada’s most notable media, entertainment and music personalities. He travelled to Tanzania and Kenya in November 2010 with the purpose of capturing the spirit and beauty of the landscapes, wildlife and people to raise funds for the prevention, care and advocacy of children in HIV/AIDS affected regions.

The idea to use these photographs in a book was taken a step further when MacNaughtan enlisted the help of friends in the recording industry to lend poetic voice to the images. More than 30 artists including Celine Dion, Michael Bublé, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Bryan Adams, Annie Lennox, Daniel Lanois, Hedley, Bruce Cockburn, Fefe Dobson, Ed Robertson, Jann Arden, Serena Ryder, Lights, Nikki Yanofsky and Tom Cochrane to name a few, graciously provided commentary to photos that inspired them.

Like most photographers and artists who spend any time in Africa it has a profound impact. If you would like to do something good in Andrew’s memory visit Art Gives Hope and purchase a book or print.

Reuters: Best Photos of 2011

Reuters photographers produce over half a million images every year. Some pictures define an event, others capture a moment revealing an aspect of the human condition. In this gallery Reuters photographers offer unique insight into some of our best pictures of the year as chosen by Reuters photo editors. Remember, these are news and documentary photographers who cover world events from war and tragedy to life’s poignant moments.

As a contributing photographer to Reuters I always look forward to this time of year to catch up on the great work my colleagues around the world produce. They never disappoint.

….visit the gallery