Taking these ILLUMINATION portrait photographs has been a privilege for me and a wonderful opportunity to establish an intimate rapport with each author in the series. Finding – and waiting for – the perfect moment to capture a relaxed or strong expression is not always easy, but I have found that the process itself is a ‘visual conversation.’ Through this dialogue, I strive to make the camera lens disappear.
As a crystal artist and engraver for over 30 years, I have worked in a medium which is about positive and negative images, either dimensionally or through the 18th century technique I employ called stippling. In many ways, it is similar to the mezzotint technique in photography.
I have actually been a photographer longer than I have been a crystal artist, but up until ILLUMINATION, I had used photography purely as catalyst for my crystal designs. There are similarities, though, as black-and-white photography also emphasizes the importance of using light and dark (positives and negatives) in the same way.
I believe in using natural light whenever possible and try to make the experience of being photographed as natural as possible. I hope you enjoy viewing the ILLUMINATION – “Portraits of Canadian Authors” Collection. If you would like to have a commissioned portrait photograph taken by me, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416 520 7588.