Family Spoon

Refugees and immigrants are in the news non stop these days and it’s hard to process the hardships that they have faced and what they have escaped to get here. After Canada day, I can’t imagine having to pack up my things and leave for another country. But yesterday on a visit to home, my mom brought this out; a simple serving spoon. It was my great grandmothers and one of the few things they brought over from the Ukraine when they came to Canada. Stunning that they had so little with them sailing half way around the world to start a new life. And it’s amazing that today, there are more refugees now than at any other time in history.

while driving from Toronto to Calgary, July 3, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
My great grandmother’s spoon. ¬†Photograph by Todd Korol

A Season in the Minors

It’s funny how you can remember things like they were yesterday but really; they were 25 years ago. Back in the day before we were bombarded with daily images, Facebook, Instagram, the NY Times Lens blog, The Boston Globe’s Big Picture…You get the idea. Photographers like myself would wait for that monthly yellow bordered magazine, National Geographic. Each month was a treasure trove of images taking you on an adventure to some far flung place. Or showing you a story on some great creature newly discovered.


But for me, there were a few photographers that I really followed. When they had a story in the magazine, you dissected every one of their photos. You took the magazine with you on the road, and it was my class room for years.


And when William Albert Allard had a story in the magazine, those are the ones I saved. I remember in 1991 looking at his baseball story, so eloquently crafted, those were the kind of stories I wanted to work on. And he took the kind of photos I wanted to take.
For some reason Allard’s work stood out for me and he had this knack for capturing everything at the right moment, with gesture, light and pure magic.
25 years later Bill has become a very good friend of mine and just wrote about that baseball story on his blog today, take some time, grab a whiskey and have a read here.
http://www.williamalbertallard.com/blog/?p=468

 

Check out his work here.


And if you are in Calgary this summer he is teaching another one of his great workshops. This is a weekend you get to spend time and study with one of the great photographers of the world. Check out out here.

Allard

The Bruce Peninsula

With the warm weather hitting southern Ontario, I drove up to the Bruce Peninsula for the weekend and stayed at the Henry Air BnB . Although the landscape is still dry and brown; the sun and blue skies made up for the cool spring weather in the air. I toured the Coffin Ridge Winery with views of Georgian Bay, Owen Sound and the South Bruce Peninsula. A great weekend for a road tour out of Toronto.

in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
A church along Highway 10.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Highway 10 cemetery.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Amish country.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
The backroads of Grey County.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
The vines of Coffin Ridge Winery.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Old farm yard.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
My host and a photo of her, the youngest girl, and her family leaving Ireland bound for Canada.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Willie Henry playing some Irish music.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Blueberry pancakes and farm fresh eggs.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Apple tree at Woodford.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Old barn shingles.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Fishing off the docks at Owen Sound.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Icy inukshuk on Georgian Bay.

 

in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Free range farm eggs.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Martha Stewart purchased on of these wood fences from the area, had it disassembled and then reassembled back in the United States at her farm.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Harp music echoing through the farm house.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Big Bay, the stone skipping capital of Canada.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Near the Bruce Trail.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
No phone in the phone booth.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Back in the city at sunset.

 

 

A Walk in the Snow

We had our first real snow fall in Toronto the other night so I grabbed my Canon 5 D Mark III and a 35mm F/1.4 lens and went for a quiet walk as the snow fell.