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Sweet Seas: Portraits of the Great Lakes Paperback – Illustrated, Nov. 14 2012

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I was born in Thunder Bay — a remote city in northwestern Ontario in the heart of the Canadian Shield. I left when I was 16, but the place has left a lasting impression on how I see the world and how I translate that vision into photography.
As a boy, accompanying my father on long road trips related to his business, I grew to love the rugged and empty northwestern Ontario landscape that was dotted with signs of feeble-looking human intervention. A lonely gas station, a makeshift paper mill town, an abandoned gold mine, the single-lane TransCanada highway: they seemed puny against the backdrop of billion-year-old pre-Cambrian bedrock, the big lakes and rivers, and the legions of blackflies and mosquitoes that were such an urgent reminder of nature's power over man.
Those boyhood impressions stuck with me for life. Much of my photography attempts to convey the smallness, frailty and transience of man's work in relation to the indifferent grandeur of the natural world.

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From the Introduction by Mark Schacter:
"The story of the Great Lakes has been written by two irresistible forces. First came the gigantic sheets of ice from the lst ice age that created the Lakes. Then came industrial-age man with ambition, short-sightedness, greed, technology and engineering prowess that have come close to destroying the Lakes, and have certainly altered them in ways that are irreversible. My interest was in the latter irresistible force, and so my photographic eye was focused mostly on man's interaction with the Lakes. You will find few images in this collection where there is no direct or indirect sign of human presence. Indeed it is difficult to escape the human imprint as you travel around the Great Lakes. This is no surprise: the region has been North America's industrial heartland for well over a century.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fifth House Publishers (Nov. 14 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 216 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1927083028
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1927083024
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 943 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 25.4 x 1.27 x 22.86 cm
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I grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario - a small city in central Canada on the north shore of Lake Superior. I discovered my interest in photography at around the age of 13 when my father gave me a vintage twin-reflex camera that hadn’t been used for years. But it wasn’t until a few decades later, when I purchased my first digital camera, that I began to pursue more “serious” work.

Through photography I try to portray the fragility and transience of man’s place in the world. I am interested in experiencing landscapes and cityscapes as being scattered with evidence that people have been present, built something, scratched a living out of the earth, come, and gone, to be followed by others who build something else. I am fascinated by signs of human effort -— poignant, magnificent, comic or fruitless -— to own the landscape by building on it, extracting from it, exploiting it, playing on it.

My next book of photographs, "Houses of Worship", will be published soon. My two previous books are "Sweet Seas. Portraits of the Great Lakes" (2012) and "Roads" (2010). All have been published by Fifth House.

I live now in Ottawa, Canada with my wife, daughters and cats.

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