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The Discovery

IJB Photography would like to introduce the first work of 2015,

“The Discovery”.

Creating “The Discovery” was a fun and interesting process. At the heart of the project, my goal was to create a work that encompassed some sort of emotion. No matter what project I am shooting, I always create goals that I can learn from. By doing so, it helps me push my boundaries and knowledge so I can grow as an artist.

While creating the “emotion” project, I went through an interesting creative phase. I discovered something about my process, a hot relaxing shower opens up my creative receptors. It took three totally different shot concepts before I arrived at the final product. One of those concepts was shot and scrapped as I didn’t love it as much as I thought. In between each of those ideas I had had a relaxing shower and came up with the next concept. On reflection I realized my “ah-hah” moment, a hot shower can boost my creative process.

Last year I had created a lecture on my creative process for the Brampton Photo Group. In that lecture I talked about “5 Ways To Be More Creative”. Two of the steps were to cut distractions and just let your mind wander. Hence why the shower seems to be my creative solace.

While introducing a new work I like to give a little synopsis about what I feel the work is about. This time around, I want to let the work stand on its own. I feel it is likely that every viewer will see a different story.

 Discovery is a wonderful thing, “open” yourself up and discover today!

The Discovery

 “The Discovery”

© 2015  IJB Photography

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Opening Night

Exposing the Shadows, Opening Night


First and foremost I would like to THANK everyone who viewed “Exposing the Shadows” on opening night. I am very honored that you took time out of your day to come and view my work. It means the world to me!

Secondly I would like to publicly THANK all the staff at the Rose Theatre, you are all remarkably wonderful people. The positivity I received was tremendous and heart warming.

Creating this exhibit has been a wonderful and challenging experience. I have learned so much and I have grown as an artist. I put a lot of thought and time into this project. Over the  four months putting the show together, there were a lot of frustrating moments and I have to admit a few F bombs thrown in for good measure. Now that I made it through OPENING NIGHT, I can tell you one thing, 


I had the most fabulous time that night. Watching people I have never met looking at my art was just so unreal. Watching their faces REACT to my work was EVERYTHING I had ever hoped it would be. It was wonderful to share my work with fellow photography buddies and members of my photo group. This would be the first time they would get to see my work printed and properly framed instead of seeing them digitally.

I must have looked like a complete goof because I swear my lips touched my ears, I was smiling so hard. My eyes welled up a few times, I am man enough to admit that. Heck, why wouldn’t I get a little emotional, I have been working towards this moment for 12 years.

An unexpected highlight of the day was finding out that the Odeum ( the official magazine of Rose Theatre) is currently running an advertisement of my show. So, if you visit my gallery showing make sure to pick up a copy of Odeum and look for the advertisement. I know I picked up a “few” copies!

All in all it was a very memorable night that I soon won’t forget. This experience has strengthened my beliefs that hard work and perseverance can pay off.


Exposing the Shadows Opening NightPhoto Credit  © Matt Blecker

If you missed the opening night, it is alright, not all is lost! There is still enough time for you to come and enjoy the exhibit. The exhibit is running until October 29th 2014.

1 Theater Lane
Brampton, ON
L6V 0A3

October 1st – October 29th 2014

Mon-Sat: 10AM-6PM
Sunday: CLOSED
The Rose Theater Gallery is also open during all events.

I have been asked if and when I will be physically at the exhibit again.

I will be doing another meet and greet on:

Friday October 17th, 2014

7PM to 8PM

Hope to see you there!



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