Big Picture

Sometimes, the small screen just can’t get it. Neither is the modest size image on the wall.

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A good story has multiple characters, and the elaborate interplay between them and the main character makes the story more engaging and memorable. The merit of a portrayed character should be up to the viewer's scrutiny on a stage wide enough for the viewer's imagination.
Wolf Lake  - Printing target size 8 foot wide
Wolf Lake - Printing target size 8 foot wide

This area of Ontario contains the world's largest remaining old-growth red pine forest. That alone kept me coming here for more than two decades.

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Wolf Lake - Fragment 1
Wolf Lake - Fragment 1

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Wolf Lake - Fragment 4
Wolf Lake - Fragment 4

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Wolf Lake  - Printing target size 8 foot wide
Wolf Lake - Printing target size 8 foot wide

This area of Ontario contains the world's largest remaining old-growth red pine forest. That alone kept me coming here for more than two decades.

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Doing something or not is a subject of scrutiny of reasons. Wolf Lake is surrounded by a mining concession, which means an ongoing tag of wars. On the other hand, I have fond memories of family outings in the red pine forest; apparently, it meant something to me.
Over decades, I accumulated many sketches photographed with small cameras while visiting this area. It is my working material before undertaking each large image project.
Treeby Lake - Printing target size 10 foot wide.
Treeby Lake - Printing target size 10 foot wide.

Morning view of one of many lakes at Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario. For years my overnight stops while travelling to northern Ontario.

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Treeby Lake - Fragment #2
Treeby Lake - Fragment #2

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Treeby Lake - Fragment #1
Treeby Lake - Fragment #1

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Treeby Lake - Printing target size 10 foot wide.
Treeby Lake - Printing target size 10 foot wide.

Morning view of one of many lakes at Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario. For years my overnight stops while travelling to northern Ontario.

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Making large high-resolution images is complex as it requires planning and sets of right external conditions. It needs highly specialized equipment, large and heavy, to get on location. Failure and multiple attempts were the calculated risk factors.  
Spring at Ontario's Everglades #2 - Printing target size 12 foot wide.
Spring at Ontario's Everglades #2 - Printing target size 12 foot wide.

Spring wetland environment near Minesing village, Ontario.

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Spring at Ontario's Everglades #2 - fragment #1
Spring at Ontario's Everglades #2 - fragment #1

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Spring at Ontario's Everglades #2 - fragment #3
Spring at Ontario's Everglades #2 - fragment #3

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Spring at Ontario's Everglades #2 - Printing target size 12 foot wide.
Spring at Ontario's Everglades #2 - Printing target size 12 foot wide.

Spring wetland environment near Minesing village, Ontario.

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The world is far more complex than I am willing to admit or assess at a first encounter. I need a distance to evaluate underlying connections and processes. And to envision the stage for them where a story can play itself out. Doing it on location is almost impossible.
Rendezvous of the Reforestation Trail - photography base medium.
Rendezvous of the Reforestation Trail - photography base medium.

The Reforestation trail in Dundas Valley. Unique northern corner of Carolinian Forest, previously stripped of its original biosphere and converted to farmland. A handful of visionary initiated restoration processes, with the generosity of land donors, to bring back what was there before.

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Rendezvous of the Reforestation Trail - Fragment #1
Rendezvous of the Reforestation Trail - Fragment #1

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Rendezvous of the Reforestation Trail - Fragment #3
Rendezvous of the Reforestation Trail - Fragment #3

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Rendezvous of the Reforestation Trail - photography base medium.
Rendezvous of the Reforestation Trail - photography base medium.

The Reforestation trail in Dundas Valley. Unique northern corner of Carolinian Forest, previously stripped of its original biosphere and converted to farmland. A handful of visionary initiated restoration processes, with the generosity of land donors, to bring back what was there before.

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One needs a distance from daily routines to put things together that really matter. It is a state of mind to see the hidden. Whatever it takes, it's worthy.
Fall scene of environment at Great Canadian Shield.
After all, the meaning of art resides in the mind of a beholder.