Kids of Meadow Lake

Anyone who has worked at a community newspaper knows that pictures of cute kids are the bread and butter of small town publications. As a former editor once said, "happy parents are happy readers, and happy readers make a happy editor". … [Read more...]

Fun with 1.8

Lately I've been having quite a bit of fun with a new lens I purchased. It's a 35mm 1.8G DX (fixed focal length). It's great for depth of field and shooting in low light. I'm quite pleased with it; the autofocus is fast and it takes lovely sharp images. Here are a handful of shots I took while playing with my new toy. … [Read more...]

Master of All Arts

Ask artist, photographer, jazz musician and carpenter James C. Swartz if he’s a jack of all trades, and he’ll answer your question before the words leave your mouth. “A jack of all trades is a master of none,” he says with a steely gaze. Swartz is no master of none. Take a stroll through his house and you’ll see he is a man of many … [Read more...]

James C. Swartz Turns Life To Art

Recently I had the opportunity to meet James C. Swartz, a very talented artist who lives in the west end of Toronto but works at Leaside Community Gardens. He graciously welcomed me into his house and lavished strawberries, butter tarts and iced water upon me, not to mention let me take a glimpse at his wonderfully eclectic body of work. James … [Read more...]