South of Espanola just before Whitefish Falls, a turn off of Highway 6 leads to the
little village of Willisville. At the crest of this road is a trail that leads to the summit
of the Willisville Mountain. From the top is an expansive view to the south over the
La Cloche Range and the island-dotted bay of the North Channel of Lake Huron
that seperates Manitoulin Island from the northern shore.
The gouge of the Lawson Quarry breaks the landscape between, hidden from the
highway by a thin wall of spared rock. The Willisville Mountain was saved from the
same fate by a group of locals and regional artists who convinced a large minning
and smelting company to relinquish it’s minneral rights to preserve this mountain
as part of the Willisville Mountain Nature Preserve.
I bought my first SLR in 1973 and have worked in Photography, Lithography, and Serigraphy
for over 40 years. I began working with digital imaging equipment professionally in 1979,
and have seen this evolve from an elite, highly specialized field to one that is available to
I choose my subject matter for their proximity and familiarity and with this familiarity, they
become peripheral to the our daily visual experiances. I am interested in how memory and
familiarity effect perception. Most of these scenes have been photographed, drawn, and painted
by many others. My own perception is influenced by some of these images as well as by my
experiences and memories.
I do not choose these images from dozens of possible photographs. Instead, I go to the chosen
sites and take a series of panning shots, photographing the scene in multiple sets of
sections.These shots are then pieced together in Photoshop, not like tiles, but like a jigsaw
puzzle, with small sections of each shot assembled to form the image that best matches my
memory of the place. The resulting image is printed on a 44” Ultrachrome printer on various
papers to achieve the final prints.
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