Driving By
I often travel Canada's four lane highways between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Like so many Canadians, I watch the passing landscape as it changes with the seasons and the times of day. For the most part, it's a flat plane of bushes, farms, small towns and suburbs that I want to pass quickly so I can reach my destination. I stop only briefly at the remote feeding and fueling stations placed at strategic intervals along the way.

But in the last two years I have begun to appreciate the trip itself. It is an inter-city interlude that is an opportunity to reflect and plan. The passing landscape represents time, motion and passage and it is this effect that I am now trying to capture with my camera.

The vistas featured in this series are photographed while passing in a speeding vehicle. Grass, bushes and trees close to the road are a blur. Further from the road objects begin to come into focus and on the distant horizon, they are often clear and sharp...unless the road is bumpy. Then the jolt of the bump is picked up by the camera in much the same way that life's trials often cause abrupt shifts in one's plans.

These landscapes may be viewed as documentation of the scenery between these cities, but they are also a metaphor for life itself. Often, we are too hurried to appreciate the moment. Life hurries by. The present is a blur of responsibilities, worries and deadlines. Goals are distant objects, perfect in their formation but lacking in detail. The present quickly becomes the past and as we distance ourselves from it, its significance becomes more apparent.