Category Archives: People

Prepared

When I studied Karate (Goju Ryu), ascending to the next level meant several tests as well as the creation of a photo portfolio comprised of various poses from katas. It’s not difficult to make those types of photos interesting, but I also like to take a few that are engaging …

Infancy Images – I

I have said many times that I don’t like department store baby photos.  The weird poses always make me cringe.  If you’re going to take a picture of an infant, take it in such a way that is natural.  Being held?  Good.  Lying down?  Also good.  Propped up like some …

Darth Insidious

In late January 2007, my good friend and I were doing photos for a portfolio he was working on and went to an abandoned industrial complex. It was freezing cold, but it was manageable inside the building, as the winds couldn’t get at us. This photo was challenging because it …

Flynn – Ippon Mei

The weather was cold in late January of 2007. I took my friend to an abandoned industrial complex to shoot some photos for a martial arts portfolio he was working on. I brought my sword along, as it is a folded steel Katana that catches the sun effectively. The many …

One’s a Crowd

After taking this photo earlier in the month, I wanted to try some more photos using just a flashlight and a very long exposure. This time I used some really slow slide film. I found the colour saturation to be much better. It’s a neat effect which I am going …

Dave

It was the end of our annual Interior Trip in Algonquin Park. August 2006 had brought a great experience. On the last night, while everyone was asleep, I did some experimental work. This one turned out almost exactly the way I expected it to. I will definitely try it again …

Gazing Inwards

This photo, taken in June 2006, was a follow up to this shot.  I thought it would be a great idea to shoot the same angles as I did the first time.  Unfortunately, I was not able to replicate this exactly, due to some unforeseen obstacles (home renovation), but the …

Des – Seiunchin I

It was a cold day in January 2006. My friend Des and I were working on photos for his black-belt portfolio. We ended up in High Park to take some photos of Kata positions in a natural setting. The goal was to utilize the landscape to highlight the strength and …

Gazing

In November 2005 I was invited by some friends to take some photos of their little munchkin pre-birth. It is part of an ongoing project to do a before and after set. The lighting in this photo is dramatic, showing their faces and her belly. It’s an image that leaves …

Graffiti Tong-Fa

One of my friends asked me to figure out ideas that went against the grain in terms of traditional martial arts photography. I came up with the idea of doing two shoots in contrast. One in the wilderness and the other in the city (urban wilderness). On the Bloor subway …

Working

There are many wineries in Niagara-On-the-Lake; in July 2005, my wife and I visited several.  There is something about the workers that is almost poetic.  It is tedious, to be sure, but to be outside and enjoying the fruits of that labour (so to speak) at the end must feel …