These portraits of Joe Rockhead’s ‘just-for-fun’ training squad, called the B Team, are part of an on-going series focused on Ontario’s diverse climbing community. Its a work in progress I’m calling the Climbers Project until a better name comes around. These were taken at Astrolab Studios in Toronto.
I’m from Vancouver and grew up skiing in B.C. Mountains have always been a part of my life and I feel their pull all the way from my new home in Toronto. This gallery is collection of personal and commissioned work from my travels up and down a few Canadian hillsides.
Every year hundreds of Canadian women and girls are lured into the sex trade. Canada is a major target for human traffickers and 90 per-cent of the victims are born right here into what most would consider normal homes.
Karly is the girl next door. She broke free and now works with the Toronto Police Service’s anti trafficking unit. CBC rode along and produced this feature story —> linked here.
Memmo Hotels are a trio of design forward boutique lodgings in Portugal. I had the opportunity to visit two of them, the Principe Real and Alfama, named for the Lisbon neighbourhoods they’re located in, and shot this series for fun. This isn’t a commission but man I wish it was!
The Climbers Project is on on-going series focused on Ontario’s rock climbing community. The people in this set are outdoor route climbers who spend their energy climbing, and in some cases establishing, high grade climbs in Southern Ontario.
Christine Dayman, a Toronto area music teacher, says a security guard at a Dominican Republic resort raped her and the hotel "did nothing" to investigate — an occurrence she believes is all too common.
Toronto lawyer Loretta Merritt, who has specialized in the civil litigation of sexual assault cases for three decades, estimates that her office has heard from about half a dozen women in the past 18 months who say they were sexually assaulted at a resort destination — most often by a hotel employee.
After her story was published a representative for Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts contacted Go Public to say the security guard has been fired.
David Frum, the conservative author and former speech writer for George W. Bush, was touring his book Trumpocracy when he was in the The National studio for an interview with Rosemary Barton, one of the hosts of the show.
I tagged along to shoot his portrait on set and followed him out the door for a few shots in the low angle January sun while he waited for his Uber. Far as I know these shots, despite being my favourites of the set, haven’t been published anywhere… until now!
Liberal MP Jean Yip won the Scarborough-Agincourt riding once held by her late husband, Arnold Chan, in a byelection win in December 2017. Chan died just months earlier after a three year battle with cancer.
Author and Yale Law professor Amy ‘Tiger Mother’ Chua was photographed in Toronto in May 2017 after publishing Political Tribes: Group Instinct and The Fate of Nations.
Retired reverend Brent Hawks remembers Toronto’s Gay Village of the 1970s. Then it occupied a small stretch of Yonge Street between College and Wellesley, anchored on either end by two bars — the St. Charles Tavern at the south end and the Parkside Tavern at the north. They were the “dark and dirty” places where a serial killer might, and did, find his victims.
The CBC’s fifth estate investigated a recent string of disappearances in Toronto’s gay community linked to Bruce McAurthur. Evidence found at the homes where the 65-year-old worked as a gardener connected him to the missing men and now police are looking back to see if those unsolved cases from the 70s are linked to the same killer.
As a young man in his 20s, McAurthur held a job at the Eaton Centre warehouse that once stood on the site of the Church of the Holy Trinity. It was there that Hawks was interviewed and photographed.
Criminologist and UofT doctoral candidate Sasha Reid sketched out an initial profile of accused Gay Village serial killer Bruce McArthur based on a pattern she picked out of Ontario’s missing persons list.
I photographed her on campus as part of the Fifth Estate’s documentary Murder in the Village but her segment was cut. These photos of her are previously unpublished.
Canopy Growth, the Smith Falls, Ont.- based cannabis company, is one of the biggest marijuana companies in Canada. The company is valued at over $6 billion and recently put in to be listed on the NYSE.
I photographed Canopy founder and CEO Bruce Linton at his Smith Falls headquarters in January 2018.
This is another series in the Climbers Project. This set is of just the boys. Some are competing on the international circuit.
Some people believe cremating our dead or burying them in caskets is an insult to nature.
Mary Farrar, who lives in Kingston, Ont., came up against the question when thinking about burying her husband Edward. The old ways didn’t feel natural in light of his world view so Mary, following a tip from a neighbour, lined up a green burial. No embalming fluid. No fancy casket. The body would go directly into the ground in a simple cotton shroud.
These portraits of Mary were taken at her home in Kingston and at Cobourg Union Cemetery for a feature article on green burials and the business of cremation. Read it in full here —> Back to the land.
Ever wonder what happens to artificial hips, screws and other implants after someone is cremated? Crematoriums, like the one at Elgin Mills cemetery, in Toronto, are part of a recycling program that can turn the non-human bits of our bodies into thousands of dollars in donations.
Glenn McClary, CEO of the Mount Pleasant Group of cemeteries, and cremation director Sarah Mannon were photographed at Elgin Mills in April 2018.
This edit is a mix of film and digital portraits shot for Genuine Guide Gear on a springtime trip to the Duffey Lake area. The ski touring and snowmobile zone near Pemberton, B.C., has grown in popularity but, despite the often crowded cabins, it’s still one of my favourite places to ski.
Abdoul Abdi came to Canada as a child refugee with his sister and aunts. The family fled Somalia together but Abdoul, who was six at the time, wound up in the Nova Scotia foster care system where officials failed to file his citizenship. Now, with a spotty past that includes jail time, the 24-year-old is facing deportation to a war-torn country he barely remembers.
For more on Abdoul’s story, the interview for The National I tagged along on to get these portraits is linked —> here. The interview, and the photos, were shot at Flavelle House at the University of Toronto faculty of law.
I got the opportunity to shoot The Hip at the Air Canada Centre as the band travelled the country on their Man Machine Poem tour. It was their last time performing in Toronto as frontman Gord Downie battled the brain cancer that, the following year, led to his death.
These portraits were commissioned by A-B InBev, the parent company of Budweiser, Stella Artois, Corona and The Beer Store, to name a few, and were shot at Labatt’s Toronto headquarters. Yes, they’ve got a pub in the office.
The HERstory series is a feature supported by CBC Toronto that started during Canada’s 150th anniversary year. It began with 150 Ontario women who were making their mark in their fields and continues with the addition of some outstanding young people, including grade 12 students Allison Stone, Eyitayo Kunle-Oladosu and Nana Boahen.
These portraits were shot during an event at the CBC Broadcasting Centre, in Toronto. They gave me their best tough face despite the party going on behind me.
The Biebs. Purpose Tour. Toronto…
Shot these at the Air Canada Centre and at the Purpose pop-up shop on Queen Street. I still see people wearing these hoodies around town and think to myself, man, that thing cost, like, $90. Damn. Despacito is a bump’in track, though.
Jumbo Glacier Resort, a Whistler-like three season village developers have spent decades trying to build in the East Kootenays, is the subject of a documentary by Nick Waggoner. In the spring of 2015 I spent a week on assignment for Kootenay Mountain Culture magazine with Waggoner while he shot the key piece of the film.