New Book

My latest book, Salt Spring Island Memento, is almost complete and will be off to the printers in the next couple of months. This is a hardcover, 128 page book chronicling life on the island. From the Saturday Market to the Fall Fair, Apple Festival, Parks & Hikes, Artists and their studios to the birds and beasts in the forests, fields and other wild spots on the island.

Each time I publish a new book my goal is to not only improve on my last one but also to differentiate it in such a way that I avoid repetition. I appreciate the fact that so many people choose to follow and collect my work and I feel that it is only fair to continue to bring them all new, exciting and unpredictable work!

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Artists & Artisans: women in their creative space

For the past several months I have been visiting various women in their studios here on Salt Spring Island to record some of their incredible work and amazing processes. Each artist/artisan has a unique space, style and approach to their art but they all share one thing in common: discipline. Day in and day out they can be found in their creative spaces exploring new visions, refining delicate, subtle details and continuing their learning as they create new and exciting pieces.

From ceramic artists to fine art painters to metal sculptors, bronze sculptors, found object specialists, recyclers and more, the diversity of media in this project is quite astonishing. I will continue to work with our island’s creative women until I have a large enough body of work to mount a show and/or a book.

Stay tuned for more! In the meantime, some ongoing photographs will be included on my Project page, click the photo below to visit

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Printer's Chop

A printer's chop is either applied with ink and a stamp or by embossing the paper.
It is an acknowledgement not only of the expertise of the printer but also a confirmation that the print has been inspected and passed muster with the printer/printshop. A chop is, literally, the printmaker's stamp of approval.
For Flat Earth Photography, it is also a mark that distinguishes commercial photographic prints from fine art prints. The chop can only be applied to the heavier, fine art papers used for specific editions of photographs.
This chop includes my initials (MSL) as well as the alchemical symbol for the Earth element which is associated with Prithvi in Hindu mythology. Quite apropos for my approach to my art: grounded, nurturing, giver of life
Prithvi is the Hindu earth and mother goddess. According to one such tradition, she is the personification of the Earth itself; according to another, its actual mother, being Prithvi Tattwa, the essence of the element earth.
As Prithvi Mata, or "Mother Earth", she contrasts with Dyaus Pita, "father sky". In the Rigveda, earth and sky are frequently addressed as a duality, often indicated by the idea of two complementary "half-shells."

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New Works

It has been a long year so far. Challenges with my health, my family and my work, none of which have proven to be insurmountable by any means.

What it has meant is some serious neglect on my website! On top of incorporating new print technologies, working with new gear and working around ongoing health issues, the last thing that comes to mind is sitting down to blog about much. It is a strange way to communicate for me in many respects since I am so visually oriented but, by the same token, it presents with with an opportunity (not always taken!) to explain my work more fully.

My most recent collection, New Horizons, is definitely taking my work in a completely new direction where I am beginning to incorporate various textures in my work as well as textures from other media, most notably traditional stone lithography. The addition of various textures allows me to work away from the merely representational work that I have been comfortable with for decades towards more expressive works. A bit of a renaissance for my photography that I am embracing fully!

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