April 01, 2015

Havana Doors

These are just some of the gorgeous doors I found while strolling the streets of Havana. The styles, colors and textures are an endless visual delight.

March 24, 2015

A Tree Grows in Havana

Amidst the urban decay, trees take root in the strangest places. Did you ever watch the show "Life After People"? It's a series that explores what our planet might be like if the human race were to suddenly disappear. There are many scenes of nature taking back the city. In Havana, you get a little taste of that, even though the people haven't disappeared.

March 19, 2015

Havana From Above

My eyes and brain are still reeling from the visual cacophony that is Havana. The density of details to absorb here is perhaps higher than any place I have visited to date. There is the beautiful, the ugly, the astounding, the incomprehensible and the tragic. And you can encounter all of that in the span of a 5 minute walk. Walking through Havana is a great workout for the brain as you are constantly trying to figure out what is going on around you, and as a photographer, what to focus on. In this first post, I start from above, getting an overview, before diving into the details.  

January 26, 2015

Walking in Winter

Saturday, we got a day off from the frigid temperatures here in Quebec, so I was able to stay outside for more than 5 minutes at a time. I went for a drive in the country and spotted three snowy owls along these country roads. I would call that an afternoon well spent.

October 29, 2014

Of the Gods

As photographers, we often have "the shot" we want to get in our mind's eye before we get to a location. When we arrive, we discover we have so little control over so many factors. The only rational response is to be humbled by nature and to put aside expectations. I photographed Godafoss in Iceland in June of 2013 and there had been a lot of snow over the winter. It, of course, was all melting at this point and there were near-record amounts of water flowing over the falls, so they looked quite different from what I was expecting. The water level in the basin was so high that it was impossible to stand where needed to get "that shot".  In such moments, a few deep breaths are always helpful in clearing our noggins of preconceived notions and allowing our eyes and our hearts to take over.

October 16, 2014


"Foss" is the Icelandic word for waterfall. If you say it slowly enough, you can hear the water falling.