The Facilities Management department at London Health Sciences Centre needed to improve its profile within the hospital’s culture. The internal website I developed served to increase transparency and communication, while showcasing the good work done by the department.
I was responsible for writing, photography, and management of the intranet site. A working group arrived at a consensus for the site architecture, which I then refined and developed streamlined content for each of the pages, including some photography.
While at the Facilities Management department at London Health Sciences Centre, I was responsible for developing the graphical content for the touchscreen wayfinding features, including maps, buttons, and backgrounds, working primarily with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Special care to be taken with planning and exporting the map graphics so that future edits to the maps did not interfere with the wayfinding data points. I also took and edited the photographs for the homepage backgrounds, specifically for each kiosk in a different area of the hospital, following the existing wayfinding colour scheme.
For a visit to the windy city, I enjoyed shooting the remarkable architecture in the city. Some of the shots were from a guided riverboat tour, and some of them make use of HDR (high dynamic range) photography. For some of these shots, I tried to showcase the contrasts between the colours and textures of the buildings.
While on a family weekend getaway in Collingwood to celebrate the beginning of the summer, I awoke at 4:30 am to capture the sunrise over Georgian Bay. From seven people, only my wife and nephew joined me for the early shoot. Not sure about them, but for me, it was totally worth it.
HDR image made up of 3 exposures, totaling about 8 seconds at F11
I knew some people participating in the annual colour run, which looked like so much fun I decided to join them for 2016, despite having no interest in running. I only packed my zoom lens, to get close as possible to the runners, and stay as far away as possible from the explosions of coloured powder. (Turns out, I did get a little on my camera and lens, but it came off easily with no damage).
For my third time experiencing the short-lived beauty of the Cherry Blossoms, I had camera in toe once again. The first time was a dawn-time photoshoot, and the second time I decided to focus on the people. This time, I used a neutral density filter to increase shutter times dramatically. This gave some of the photos a strange look, with people blurred as they moved, and the slight movement of the trees emitting a ghostly glow.
Crowd in High Park with cherry blossoms
cherry blossoms in High Park
High Park train and cherry blossoms
Crowd in High Park with cherry blossoms
The annual Zombiewalk in Toronto is an amazing event for photographers. In no other public situation are so many people willing and eager to have their photos taken. I’m always impressed with the creativity these zombies put into their costumes, everything from subversively comical to classy.
For this photoshoot, I purposely underexposed each photo, then treated each photo with HDR (high dynamic range) processing for a dark and gritty effect.
My favourite zombies include the Mickey Mouse zombie, the Charlie Chaplin zombie, and the 8-bit zombies.
In addition to co-creating, co-producing, and co-hosting the weekly program Song Talk Radio, I also designed the show’s logo and business card, and co-designed the website and monthly electronic newsletter.
Song Talk Radio is a very safe space for me, and at times, a great venue for me to express my creative side in clever ways. For this logo design, I used musical symbols in place of letters, and of course, the photo we used shows the camaraderie and humour of the team.
It looks like you’re in Alberta, but the Cheltenham Badlands are actually very close to Toronto. Not much bigger than a city block, it’s a little gem of undulating red shale hills. The distinctive colour is produced by iron oxide. Due to a lot of people climbing over the rocks, the site was closed to human traffic in 2015.
All of these images used HDR, or high dynamic range photography.
Organized as a Meetup.com group for photographers, we made the conscious choice to stay in the old part of Havana instead of a resort. Havana had been, and continues to, go through a massive transformation as the old city becomes gentrified and joins the global community. Often you’d see a crumbling old building next door to a brand new, Starbucks type cafe.
The best thing about going with a group of 30 photographers? “Who wants to get up at 5 a.m. and take some sunrise photos?” Five hands go up.
According to the locals, the classic cars are kept with great pride by the owners, often restoring the exterior while replacing the engine with a modern one.
We also took a day trip to Vinales, a small town in the lush, green countryside outside Havana.
The Havana of yesterday is quickly disappearing, and it was a great opportunity to capture it in photos before it’s gone forever.