s a teenager growing up in Toronto during the 50’s and 60’s, I passed many a happy hour playing my guitar and bass in an effort to display my talents to anyone who would listen. At this point I discovered blues and jazz, first with John Lee Hooker, and Cannonball Adderley, followed by Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith and of course Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller and a host of others.

Convinced by my parents that music was a wonderful pastime; however, you had to stay in school to obtain the security of a real job, I became a teacher. At every opportunity I used music as a means to an end to win kids over, enabling me to teach less palatable ideas. Music was always a positive and I consistently used it and photography wherever possible to celebrate accomplishment by students, to capture that proverbial moment in time and to sequence events during the year.

In the early eighties I stumbled upon the personal computer and as devotee to anything new, innovative and technologically out there, I quickly used it as well to augment my teaching. When these three areas of music, photography and computing technology began to link up and when I could plainly see convergence in the offing, I retired from teaching to pursue my passion, jazz photography! For me it has become the best of all worlds, listening to jazz performed by the best of the best, using cutting edge photography equipment and computer technology to record images with fine art quality which hopefully will be preserved for some duration. What more is there in life, music and form! I sound like an aged Greek, but I’ve found a meaning for living and I wish to share my love and talents once again with all who are willing. Full circle!

I feel that performance photography, more specifically jazz photography, is far reaching and will consume me for life; however, my love of photography entails many facets.  Ongoing projects involve both nature and landscape themes, an interest in ecclesiastical architecture and the modern face of Canadian Native Peoples.