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AJ was born in the small fishing village of South Kingston, Rhode Island. He split his formative years between Fort McMurray, Alberta and London, Ontario. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, completing two degrees: History and Film Studies. AJ then moved to Vancouver to work in his chosen trade of film. It was on those very streets of Vancouver, somewhere between East Hastings and Kitsilano that AJ began his journey into photography. With his father's Yashica 35mm in hand, his imaginative eye and cameras have now explored four continents and a galaxy of images encompassing a wide range of cultural moments and forms of natural beauty. rnrnNot surprisingly, AJ’s understanding of photography is an evolving, hands-on, self-taught learning process. A major breakthrough occurred during his year in Australia when he discovered the work of Peter Lik, an incredible landscape photographer out of Cairns, Queensland. Lik’s use of the Australian contours and rich vibrant colours were magical and unprecedented in AJ’s eyes, and so began his “artful colour” journey in a black & white dominated photography world.rnrnAt that moment he vowed to merge his love of photography with career. He began small, selling photographs as souvenirs at a local Internet cafe at Surfers Paradise. During his last few months in Australia he sold over 2000 photographs and gained confidence he could do this for a living. He vowed to discover the beauty in every place he visited and to capture it with photography. Other artistic influences include Vincent Laforet, a photographer for The New York Times, and Jean-Luc Bresson, an early pioneer in bridging art photography and photo-journalism, and one of the founders of the Magnum Press. Recently, AJ went to new heights as a photographer with Save the Children Canada and their projects in Peru, South America.rnrnIn recent years he’s been fortunate to work closely with a good friend and mentor, the accomplished National Hockey League (NHL) sports photographer, Dave Sandford. Their professional relationship came about in 2005 during the Ontario Hockey League’s Memorial Cup, and the two have been a formidable team ever since. Witnessing Dave’s irrepressible work ethic, meticulous eye for detail, and high standards taught AJ what it takes to be a professional photographer, including how to conduct himself in high stress, high impact moments. Through this mentoring AJ also had the honour to work alongside some of the top NHL photographers from Getty and NHL Images. He feels truly blessed to have been behind the scenes for so many significant sporting events, and to be among the professionals who bring the world of images to newspapers, magazines, television and the Worldwide Web each day.rnrnHis love of images from the world of sports will always be eclipsed by his fascination for Mother Nature’s infinite majesty, whether it’s the sun rising from the Pacific on Fraser Island, Australia or the moon receding below the Telemark Range in Norway. AJ will forever pursue with camera her visual brilliance, and hope that at least a few of his efforts trigger the majestic in you. AJ currently works and resides in the Toronto East neighbourhood, known as "the Beaches," located at Queen East and Woodbine. His current and past client list includes; NHL Images, The Hockey Hall of Fame, Getty Images, Save the Children Canada, Barrie Golf & Country Club, and St. George's Golf & Country Club in Toronto.


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