Artist statement:

For much of my 50 plus year career I have been fascinated by the de-industrialization that has been occurring throughout North America. Documenting the loss of rural farming communities such as Keppel Township in the early 1970’s, many long abandoned industrial sites, closures of our forestry and mining industry (coal, gold and silver mines), to closure of current resource companies. This four decade long journey has resulted in the preserving of an important part of our culture for future generations to reflect on. I believe the impressionistic interpretation and timeless quality of the images I have produce during my career, reflect on the humility of our society. Where our ancestors worked and how they provided for their families shaped not only their own lives but the lives for generations to come. I am committed to preserve photographically, who we are in this context. The artwork becomes a silent witness to nature’s reclaiming of the land and serves as a documentation of our corporate failure. Working in collaboration with Professor Steven High, Canada Research Chair in Oral History at Concordia University has enable me to realize the immense value in combining oral history and photography to ensure our Canadian industrial heritage is preserved for future generations and that it is not forgotten. I also made a commitment that my photographs be exhibited in the local communities that were directly affected by de-industrialization; they included North Bay, Sturgeon Falls and Windsor Ontario, Kalamazoo Michigan and West Virginia. The photographic processes that I use to interpret my work in limited editions include bromoil & transfer, oil, carbon, gelabrome, photogravure and platinum/palladium.

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