Arboretum Virtualis | III

Black and white tree forest landscape photography

Placid Grove

This is a forest photography piece that I’ve also shown on this blog before.

Many of the images in this project feature various maple species. This is the first shot of the series in which I show a grove of mainly maples with a few aspens and poplars.

I am very much drawn to maples as they are the most abundant throughout the Southern Ontario region where I live. The maple leaf is, of course, an important element of the Canadian national flag.

It was autumn when I made this composition, and the trickiest part was trying to get a three-shaded grey appearance by exposing without the use of filters. The aim was to capture the lighter coloured leaves on the trees in the background against the pale stratus clouds, while balancing the mid-tone and darker leaves in the foreground. The effort resulted in some amount of depth perception from the foreground to background, including from the forest floor to the tree canopy even though I shot this in field instead of portrait; the latter typically being the way to go to achieve a sense of heightening.

Weekly Post Challenge: “Creepy”

Black cat in graveyard cemetery and white BW B&W Hamilton Ontario Canada contemporary street photography

Black Malkin

So what’s up with TheMOFMan these days? I’m in the process of answering a new Call for Artists for an upcoming exhibition. While I’m feverishly working to get my submissions in to a jury, I thought I’d take a little time to interpret WordPress’ latest photo non-challenge. This little guy isn’t exactly creepy but the way in which he appeared to me was classically spooky. I’ve always been into various sorts of speculative fiction, and a black cat in a cemetery has the Hitchcock, Serling, Price and Burton kind of freakiness that I like.

TheMOFMan’s Answer to B&W Sunday: Cityscape

Black and white BW B&W Hamilton Ontario Canada contemporary urban photography

Morning Steam

Paula Borkovic posted a new challenge on her blog today. So, seeing as I finally had a little time to be creative I went out this morning and shot this landscape of the City of Hamilton’s most productive yet most notorious industrial sectors.

Click the bold white text, and head on over to Lost in Translation. Take on Paula’s challenge.

TheMOFMan Exhibits Again | The Atrium@MIP

art exhibition advertisement

Black and white Hamilton Ontario Canadian urban photography

City in the Clouds

The Atrium @ McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) is heading into its 18th Art in the Workplace (AWP) Exhibition. I am happy to announce that my photography has been selected again by the AWP jury for entry.

With more than 140 visual artists participating with work displayed in neo-Salon style, it is one of the largest group exhibitions in the region.

So again, if you’re in Hamilton or in the vicinity of Hamilton come to the Atrium and meet us. See inspiring work in one of the most comfortable and well organized art settings around. There will be wine, cheese, live music and a chance to meet the artists, the AWP Board, MIP Staff and tenants!

Let’s talk. We can help you find something excellent for your office, home or restaurant. You may also find that we can be of help in your projects.

Visit the Atrium on:

Thursday, August 6th 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

for the gala opening at:

175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton

The 18th AWP Exhibition will continue to run until November 12, 2015, and will be available for viewing 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday (excluding holidays). I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

atrium MIP art exhibition pictures

Arboretum Virtualis | II

Black and white tree photography

Sycamores in Spring Mist

“Nuts! Naïve!” that’s what some call my value system; my mode of thinking. I’m the sort who would get up one morning and find profound beauty in a cloud that I see drifting by in the sky.

“It’s just a tree!” some say. “Who really cares?”

Weekly Post Challenge: “Symbol”

Black and white Hamilton Ontario Canadian street photography

To All

This week, WordPress has posed a challenge that I take on proactively in the Hammer Home Street Photography Project.

Unborrowed Symbol –– is the name of one of my themes that is inspired by a quote from the philologist and Indiologist Heinrich Zimmer. He said:

“Symbols hold the mind to truth but are not themselves the truth, hence it is delusory to borrow them. Each civilization, every age, must bring forth its own.”

In the project, I pay attention to the objects and places that appear to represent, stand for or suggest an idea, belief, action or material aspect that is typical of the city at large or community within (that’s quite a mouthful).

For this week’s challenge, I post this image.

Symbolically, justice is something that everyone should have but can’t necessarily agree on; therefore, and most unfortunately, not everyone will actually receive it in their lifetimes.

It’s axiomatic, yes but still something I ponder.

Weekly Post Challenge: “Door”

Black and white Hamilton Ontario Canadian street photography

Following Daddy

Yes! I had to jump in on WordPress’ Door self-challenge.

It’s a pleasant coincidence that this is WP’s theme as this morning, Kim and I were just talking about the phenomenal worldwide attraction to photographing doors. We remarked at how many door photography books have now made it to the shelves of major bookstores, and that one of our friends has one from many years ago.

Of course I also have to mention that one of the WP blogs I like to peruse on occasion is The Legion of Door Whores. There’s lots of good inspiration there.

I do have a few door shots of my own, and I did consider stuffing them all into this post but alas I decided to show just this one.

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