After living in the Hamilton area for a few years and exploring the area with my camera, I began to realize something; Hamilton was getting a bad rap. Everyone thinks of Hamilton as a dirty and polluted industrial city with redeeming qualities. Well they are wrong. Hamilton is a beautiful place. It has tons of character and charm. It's many diverse neighbourhoods have so much to offer. Whether it be the old charm of Westdale, the architectural beauty of downtown, the amazing waterfronts on Lake Ontario and the inner harbour or the countless areas to explore nature's beauty with too many to name. Few people know Hamilton is known as the waterfall capital with over one hundred listed waterfalls.
So with all this beauty to be found I decided to make it a project of mine to find and highlight this city. At the start of 2015, I began a Kickstarter crowdfunding project in hopes of funding a printed book. Unfortunately my goal was not reached. This little setback will not stop me however. I'm still out there with my camera and sometimes dog in tow. The deep freeze of February kept me at bay on some days but I decided to brave the weather visited Bayfront Park and the port area. I came across the HMCS Haida, a historic Canadian battleship. It floated majestically in the frozen water, a few hundred ducks taking refuge around it's limited open water. I continued along the port braving the strong wind coming off the lake. Everything was frozen, ice was everywhere. I later came across an older gentleman enjoying an afternoon skate on a freshly cleaned sheet of ice. After that the wind was too much for me and I headed home.
I like to call this a project but it really isn't. It's just me going out there taking pictures and finding creative ways to highlight what I find. It's just me doing what I love. As I progress on this journey of discovery, I'll be sure to give everyone updates and share the images I collect. Please stay tuned.