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This is the first step towards reaching my ultimate goal of displaying some of my photographic images in a public space.

I live in Toronto Ontario with my partner Jeanne. We moved here in 2014 after spending many years living in Victoria BC, where I retired from working as a provincial government employee.

My education and background are in architecture and planning. My interest in photography began when I was in architecture school in Vancouver in the 1970’s. I have fond memories of purchasing my first Canon camera, working in the darkroom with fellow students, and experimenting with various media, including silk screen printing and animation. When I graduated, my graphic design interests led me to work with architects and planners in various visual communication projects.

Moving ahead a few years, I left my “experimental” experiences behind me and found more traditional work in my chosen profession. Photography was just a hobby.

When digital cameras appeared, my photographic interests were rejuvenated. Here was a tool where I could take photos and develop them in my computer. No darkroom and enlarger required, and no messy chemicals to deal with.

Traveling has also been a big interest to me, so my travel bug and my camera bug became entwined. As a result, many of my images were taken on trips to some of my favourite destinations in the UK, Europe and Australia.

Now that I have retired from my previous working life, my photography has become a major interest. I would like to share some of my favourite images and get some feedback from other viewers to see what may attract other peoples’ interest and attention.

Please look at some of my “theme” blogs and feel free to like or share a comment.

Nick Watkins
Toronto, Ontario

8 thoughts on “About

    1. Thank you. I have recently been trying to develop my photographic style. Still a work in progress, but I am pleased with the techniques I have been using on my doors series.


      1. I just realized that you were commenting on the painterly image on my “About” page. This was created by editing an image with filters in Photoshop. Kind of a one-off at the moment.


  1. Just came across your blog Nick, you have a lovely collection. I especially like your work in black and white – I take 90% of my photos in black and white and think it is such and under utilized medium
    Keep up the good work
    Stay Beautiful


    1. Thank you Michael for your kind comments. I like to work in b&w as well as colour but I try to use b&w as my starting point. If colour adds something to the image I will use it.


  2. Hello Nick
    I have found your Blog After looking for the Technique Used by Olga Karlovac. You really show an inspiring blog! Thx!

    May I ask you about the blur filters in Photoshop you used to get the image of ‚Arles‘ , which is reminiscent of the images of Karlovac?

    Thx in advance
    Greetings from Switzerland


    1. Thank you for your comments. This was truly an experiment, starting from a still image, and making adjustments in Photoshop. Unfortunately, I did not do a good job of recording my process, or keeping a layered version. I can say that I used the gaussian blur and the motion blur. I also made multiple layers and shifted them vertically to emphasize the motion, reducing the opacity of each layer to help blend them together. I also changed some of the blending modes. After that … it was just a blur!


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