Toronto Island Portfolio: The Islands have a rich history beginning with the indigenous peoples now known as the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, for whom the Island had spiritual and hunting importance. European settlers used the Island for leisure, fishing and hunting and, by the 1870s, for cottaging. Today, the Islands consist of an almost car-free community of 750 people surrounded the largest green space in the city and located less than one mile from downtown Toronto. Like most urban parks, the parkland on the Islands was constructed as a stylized wilderness environment for public use. These images have been taken over many years as an ongoing project documenting the history and stewardship of a landscape in flux. My work reflects the natural world, through which I hope to transport the viewer to a place they may have been and which may be familiar. I do this through long-term observations and renewed engagement with my subjects. Limited edition of three, 22" x 12" and 42" x 22".
I would like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples, the original peoples of Menacing now known as the Toronto Islands where I work and live.