It feels like a long dark winter is coming to an end, doesn’t it? Coming to an end literally, as winter turns to spring this month, but also coming to an end metaphorically in the context of the pandemic. We are still struggling with the virus here in Canada of course, but we are also seeing small glimmers of hope: A 4th vaccine was just approved for use here, and when I talk to people I feel a shift from the endless fatigue of the past year to a building sense of cautious optimism. Day after day, more and more, I hear people using the word “soon”.
Soon we can hug our loved ones that we haven’t seen in a year.
Soon we can travel to those places we love and miss dearly.
Soon we can go to a live performance and sit with fellow fans, rejoicing in the joy that art brings to our lives.
Soon we can see each other’s smiles again.
We have a little way to go yet my friends, but hold the line for just a few more months. I look forward to meeting new friends, seeing old ones, waking up to the sounds of a new city and creating the work that I love to make again.
This winter I’ve been spending time along a dike system that is near my home. My Fujifilm X100V is always with me of course, and all winter I have had it set to produce contrasty black and white images (using the Acros+R film simulation). I did try shooting in colour here and there, but monochrome just felt right.
Here are a few images from those walks… I hope you like them.