Asking for help and support for anything involving uncharted creative territory is never easy. However, as technology explodes and changes traditional careers, we all face a need to think outside the proverbial box.
As some of you know, I am a photographer, schooled and trained in a visual craft that changed the world. Photography united people and nations and offered global access to issues unavailable to most before the advent of the printing press. Leaders, products and places, and natural disasters were captured by the photographer’s eye and lens.
As single frame photography gave way to digital imaging, I evolved with the industry and developed a series of documentary films such as “Marymount Again...”, “Maybe the Big Rabbit Did It?” and my last film, the critically acclaimed “Cracked Not Broken”, a documentary that has educated thousands of students in Toronto and was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006 and was one of four independent films selected to be part of HBO’s award winning ‘Addiction Series’ the following year. I have a half dozen or so more films that I have not yet brought to life that continue to evolve including “Looking for Rasta” based on a photograph I took twenty years ago in Jamaica and “ Fahrenheit 9/22 " about Canadian artist John Coburn’s book of 9/11 drawings called “Healing Hearts”.
So, what is the point of all this?
It was clear to me that in order to remain creative, I had to adapt and use the latest available technology. Today technology is destroying more jobs than it creates and there are many careers that will face the same dilemma as the photographers soon. Those of us who have made photography and filmmaking our life’s work have been left feeling disillusioned and undervalued by today’s digital world. The photographer’s eye and the filmmaker’s sense of surround are being overlooked.
As a still photographer, I told my stories through composition and the type of film I used. In my documentaries, the visual stills became moving images and spoken words, again telling stories eventually seen by millions around the world. Today, the work I have compiled both in still and moving picture form will be told through my own published commentary. A self portrait of the artist, if you will?
In my own words I will inform the reader on the details that the
photographs and films have not yet revealed - a reflection on a most magical life.
“Point and Shoot – A Memoir” will strive to explore moments and events, both public and private that have taken place behind the lens in this author’s life. It will convey the exciting and often lonely story of what it has been like to live through this dramatic era of change. Though I’ve had more success than I ever imagined when I started my journey, it has taken a toll. I have no regrets as I have had some incredible and invaluable experiences with fascinating people and it is these moments in my life that I wish to share with the reader through my words and pictures.
Here is the ASK.
We are often asked to participate in charitable activities and wonder if our contribution will be recognized in the larger picture. In asking for assistance in making my project come to life, I promise to acknowledge all who participate, at whatever level they choose. I see this venture as a partnership, which depends on active involvement and recognition of all who share my dream. This may seem like an unusual way of soliciting support but it has been planned to satisfy the most wary. Have a look at my proposal and if you are interested in the concept, please select one of the many ways to get involved.
The words are being penned daily, the images collated and selected and in a short time, we will together hold an anthology of one man’s life as a photographer, filmmaker, father and friend to those who have shared their lives through the looking glass. Please join me in making this book and, like the individuals who came to life in my pictures and films, so will you come to life as an important contributor and partner.