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Today is the opening of my first solo photography exhibit in Toronto, Interrogating the World. It's not officially part of the Contact series, although the timing is right.
Why is a writer showing photography? Actually, I've considered myself a writer/photographer for a while. I have had that title as a free-lancer and (briefly) full time employee of a small newspaper. I've a small claim to having at times been a professional in both fields, as I have done a few shoots on assignment, been paid for some pictures in magazines and newspapers, and won a few contests.
More importantly, photography is an excuse to really look at the world, examining the subtle interplay of light, line, form,. shadow, colour and darkness. A picture is worth a thousand words, maybe, but that's too easily an equivalence,. Sometimes only writing can get at what's behind a scene; sometimes only photography can make a face or an instant unforgettable.
If you have the time, come to my opening today: 5:30 pm at the Corridor Gallery, second floor, 951 Carlaw Ave. (at Mortimer), the closest-to-downtown campus of Centennial College. You'll see a variety of colour digital works that I summarize as saying they're nature and abstract imagery, but as the attached photo of graffiti shows, I shoot whatever interest me. The show continues until May 18.

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