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Beauty can be strange.

The strange can be beautiful.

I love to create photographs.

That may sound like a cliché, but it’s absolutely true. It was an unanswered passion of mine for decades. I really wanted to be in the Camera Club at school, but at the time something held me back. Perhaps I thought it was for geeks hiding from the world in a darkroom while I just wanted to be the jock running outside in daylight.

But, finally, ten years ago, I surrendered to the call and purchased my very first digital SLR camera. Tens of thousands of frames later, here I am.

I’ve been a “creative” my entire life. I was in my high school musical productions (somehow, I rationalized to myself that that wasn’t “geeky”). Later, I was accepted into the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson University. My first job out of university was as a copywriter in a radio station. Six years later I ended up becoming a writer and eventually a VP Creative Director for a major Canadian corporate communication and events agency. Years later I stepped out to run my own agency.

Today, I spend a lot of my time creating images with my digital gear. Doing so thrills me to my marrow. I seem to have an eye for this thing called fine art photography, and there are a few awards on my shelf and some written accolades in my Artist CV to back me up on that. (And I also appreciate the card that my Mom wrote.)

I believe that the essence of my art is in finding and making what at first glance may seem to be the ordinary, and then encouraging it to bring out its strangeness, and then bending that again to find its true beauty. My eye seems to focus on persuading beautiful things to reveal their “strange”. And my sense of joy delights in the fact that it may take a moment or two for my images to reveal themselves to you.

However you may see them, I am just thrilled that you have the chance to see them at all, because one of the most exciting moments in my life is when the strange and the beauty that I see come to life in a print, is then framed, and eventually hung on a wall or posted in the virtual world for all of us to share, ponder and experience.

Thank you for visiting my website. And thank you for being a part of this strange and beautiful world.

David

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