About Me

Photographer, Writer, Explorer

I am a travel and landscape photographer, artist, writer, educator and explorer based in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. I've been exploring ever since I can remember. My goal is to inspire others to live an adventurous life, whether it be around the world or just around the corner.

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Howard WalshSo much of the poplular photographic genre is about capturing dramatic landscape in exotic locations. But it doesn’t have to be. I strive to create engaging pictures of what I call the 'everyday landscape'. My photographs are simple, yet creative & contemporary images with an intrinsic beauty and design that continues to engage the viewer even after the page is turned. Rather than jetting around the world to exotic locales, I focus largely on my home area of Leamington, Ontario.

I became fascinated with photography at a very early age. Watching my older brother take pictures with a roll camera when I was about eight years old, and then waiting for the images to be developed by the local drugstore, it all seemed very magical. I wanted to know how this was done. A few years later, knowing my interest in photography, my father bought me a black & white print enlarger and chemicals at an auction.

"This was the start of a photographic career that spanned decades. But not a career taking pictures. One of developing and creating some amazing prints for other photographers and artists."

My first real job was as a copy boy for the Montreal Star newspaper. I really, really wanted to get into the photo department. Not as a photographer, but as a lab technician. Unfortunately, that was not to be. The lab was grossly over-staffed, and eventually I took a job at a nearby camera store working in the lab. This was an old-time photo lab with actual darkrooms. It was here that I learned my craft and became a master printmaker.

Throughout my career I have worked as a master print maker, pro photo lab manager, minilab service technician, photography educator, portrait and wedding photographer, sensitized-film specialist, and photofinishing marketing guru for Fujifilm Canada.

When Fujifilm introduced Velvia color reversal film, I became the go-to person in Canada for technical support, assisting professional labs across the country. Introduced in 1990, Velvia quickly became a “must have” film, giving Kodak’s Kodachrome 25 some stiff competition as the industry standard. Kodachrome 25 fell out of popularity a few years after Velvia was introduced, with Kodachrome 64 and 200 falling shortly after.

Later at Fujifilm, as the photofinishing marketing manager, I achieved a number of milestones. I introduced the first Digital Minilab in the Canadian market, and premiered online digital photo printing for independent photo specialty dealers.

During my time at Fujifilm, I travelled frequently. Around 2001, after vacationing in Hawaii, I created a website to display my travel photos. This was the start of kidmoses.com, a website that has undergone numerous changes over the years, but always featured my travel adventures and photos. This website now focuses exclusively on travel and photography.

Having retired, I now spend much of my time photographing the world around me just for the fun of it. I tend to work close to home. Usually within a day's drive. I have found that no matter where I am, engaging and magical landscapes are right on the doorstep just waiting to be discovered.

In my photography, I always strive to capture that spark of emotion I felt as I clicked the shutter. It is not always about accurately portraying the landscape. If my photographs speak to the viewer on an emotional level, then I know I have succeeded.

Hope you enjoyed your time here. Let me know what you think.

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Fujifilm X-T2

Canon 70D

Google Pixel 3

Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Velbon Tripod

Hoya ND400 Multi-Coated Filter

Polaroid Polarizing Filter

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If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff!

- Jim Richardson  

To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

- Elliott Erwitt  

In photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.

- Alfred Stieglitz  

There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.

- Abraham Lincoln  

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.

- Imogen Cunningham  

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.

- Diane Arbus