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With summer coming quickly to a close and labour day having skipped by we find ourselves at the beginning of the school year. As children march back to the daily grind parents, teachers and yes even politicians swarm over issues effecting the education system. In the U.S. controversy built this week around a speech President […]

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This is a collection of photographs from prison archives, because these images have been preserved along with their index cards detailed information about each prisoner is accessible such as previous criminal history, current charge and sentence. Even beyond their criminal activity these documents give such personal information as occupation and place of residence, information that […]

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With the American elections behind us months of campaign trail coverage has been replaced by a fixation on something else, a White House dynasty in the making. The Obama craze that swept the U.S quickly spilled over international borders, leaching heavily into the soil of my own country, Canada. This marks a massive shift in […]

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Spirit photography emerged out of the belief in a connection between this life and the next and the idea that some people can  bridge the gap between these states of existence. In the 1860’s William H. Mumler, a jewel engraver and armature photographer, claimed to have found images of ghosts in some of his photos. […]

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In the mid to late 1800’s photographic technology progressed to became increasingly versatile. Photographers were able to capture images in diverse settings as it became possible to leave the portrait studio and document real life. I have collected some photographs of families taken between the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. These photographs offer a very […]

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So far in this blog I have paid tribute to a variety of subjects, using images to discuss history and society. These posts have used photographs as the jumping off point to look at the world, past and present. I would like to focus today on the process that makes this perception of our surroundings […]

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Microscopic Monotony

The daily grind, those activities that plague us with monotony, we have all felt it weighing us down as we are taxed by the sameness of it all. The routines we so easily fall into, that modern life often necessities we fall into. The world functions on ordered scripts and prefixed agendas. We slot ourselves […]

Coming Down the Chimney Tonight

As the tunes of wintry nights and romantic gift giving blare from every mall and radio station it is undeniable that the holiday season is here. Living in a country full of religious and ethnic diversity this season can mean many different things. But my version of this time of year is the mistletoe, fruit […]

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Smiling doctors, inoculated with infecting patients

With a soar arm and flu like symptoms I feel somewhat lucky for having survived my latest encounter with the field of medicine. With a trip to Egypt planned and my nagging rationalization that contracting an incurable blood disorder would somehow ruin the adventure I plunged deep into the world of a Travel Health Clinic. Offering […]

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