I was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario but ended up in the prairies, which I would later discover some of my ancestors also settled here made a name for themselves. Pioneers Reverend George McDougall and his sons and John C. McDougall and David McDougall.
I’ve always loved photography, and when I was young I looked at old photos and imagined a world in black & white. Growing up I used disposable cameras like most casual users of my generation. I actually didn’t get serious about taking photos until I was in my twenties, and my first one was a Fuji Finepix S3100. A 4 megapixel bridge model circa 2004. I used that camera for events in an independent magazine I published at the time.
My first serious camera was a Canon Rebel XSi, and I began reading, watching and listening to everything I could about the art of photography. After a few years though, I realized the best way to learn about the fundamentals was to learn photography from its roots, to shoot film. Just like learning about my ancestors, I wanted to study a cameras ancestors.
I consider myself a lifelong student of photography and enjoy both digital and analog formats.