Robin McLeod~ "different views – different muse"

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Robin creates photographs of nature from unusual perspectives. Different angles, odd viewpoints, zoomed close-ups, or seemingly ordinary objects that somehow look strange – he likes to shoot them all. Things that create wonder, scenes that say 'Wow',  and sometimes, stuff that makes speak "What on Earth is that?" There's so much in nature worth thinking about, Robin's aim is to capture those thoughts in living colour.

We are excited to welcome Robin to the Port Credit show.  Robin McLeod is from Ailsa Craig, Ontario, a village about twenty minutes northwest of London.

In Robin's words: I became interested in nature as a boy growing up on a 1-acre homestead just outside London. During summers and after school I would hike with my two neighbourhood buddies along the railroad tracks and explore the surrounding woodlots and fields. We investigated everything that moved – and many things that didn't.

In my mid-teens my brother acquired a collection of stuffed birds, which sparked an interest in local species, and a subsequent trip to Point Pelee during spring migration clinched it: I became a fledgling birdwatcher at the age of 16.

I caught the "bug" of identifying as many birds as possible, and the infection soon spread to encompass wildflowers, trees, and butterflies. This hands-on experience in the field was supplemented with background information in biology acquired via a technician's diploma in Fish & Wildlife at Fleming College, and a bachelor's degree in Zoology at the University of Guelph.

My curiosity for insects and other bugs was piqued in 2003 after buying a digital camera and happening to capture an image of a beetle taking flight. An enlarged version of that snapshot on my computer's monitor showed the beetle caught in the act: its elytra raised overhead like gull-wing doors on a racing car, and its wings just beginning to whir. I was hooked!

The unusual, the surprising, the new, and the strange; basically, I seek whatever fascinates: a close-up view of a bug's face... the geometry of a spider's web... a familiar object viewed from an unfamiliar angle. Old things become new again when seen from a different perspective. They may even become difficult to recognize, making me wonder, "What on Earth is THAT?"

Examining anything from a new angle forces me to think in a new way about what I'm seeing. And I love that. It's the basis for my tag line: "different views – different muse".

Photography, for me, is a personal thing: there's a part of me in every photo I take. If you see a part of yourself in there too, I'm glad we had the opportunity to share.

Run Away Roots

Posted on April 5, 2015 .