Category Archives: Promotion

QLIX Studioz and Heather Pollock

QLIX-1Heather Pollock is brave.

Heather is a friend of mine, a professional and excellent photographer with her first gallery show. Most people see photographic art through the final image while photographers experience it. We make creative decisions about where to shoot, how to capture the raw image, how to process the image and even how to display it. The creative options are as infinite as any art form.

QLIX-3So, to put a price tag on your work and then display it to friends and strangers for comment seems pretty brave to me. All those decisions open to scrutiny. Heather’s selection of images, primarily black and white canvasses, range from moody HDRs, the east coast, and portraits of Canadian musicians. While not technically in any of the images, there is one where I was holding the light stand.

QLIX-2Heather is sharing the space with two other artists. Kathleen Urdah works with encaustics and Tommy Vohr, another photographer, works exclusively in the iPhone world with multiple exposed images you have to see to believe.

If you can spare a little time, please spend it at QLIX Studioz at 228 Queen Street East (at Sherbourne). You can also see a preview of the work and more information on the artists at





Cleaning up the garbage

Garbage 1We have a garbage problem on our street. Specifically, the business at the end of our street has been using the location to collect garbage from a number of other “low rent/short term” rental properties and then eventually, have it picked up. But it is a real eyesore in addition to whatever health problems are potentially resident in the pile.

No amount of calls to the city seemed to make any difference despite the number of municipal bylaws that were being broken. It is an odd neighbourhood; one in transition where the retail stores seem to do whatever comes to mind. Last year two restaurants simply decided to build outdoor patios without any permits. You practically have to walk on the street to get past one of them.

Garbage 2So, back to the garbage. It takes a certain amount of persistence to finally connect with someone in authority at the municipality, at least with someone who cares. That’s where my IPhone comes into play. Each day I would walk Molly the Doodle past the garbage heap and take a photograph and instantly send it to the municipal bylaws officer. She would then make frequent visits to the location and started giving fines.

At one point, the location property manager claimed that the local residents were throwing their garbage into and around their bin. However, they have a clearly marked pickup truck that routinely brings garbage to the location and a photograph of this activity ended that conversation pretty quick.

Garbage 3So on a recent walk over the Christmas break, it dawned on me that I haven’t seen any garbage there for some time. It seems to have worked. The persistence and the photographs. The “instant” sending of a photo and the response by the authorities. I can’t thank the bylaws officer enough as without the response to my photos, nothing would have changed. We ended up working as a team.

I’m not sure that the problem won’t reappear at some time. Still, it seems to have worked. So, while the photographs are of garbage and exceptionally poor quality, they have made a statement all my early phone calls could not.

Now, about those illegal patios.

The Salon Gallery


It felt odd. I was here for a haircut and there were my photographs, hanging on the wall between the mirrors. While in a gallery, people could wander around and spend as much or as little time as they wanted looking at a photograph. Here, they are forced to stare at my photograph for as long as it took to have their hair done.

Fargo Front

I hadn’t thought of that when Luc and I discussed the prospect of putting the photographs up on his still bare walls. I’ve been going to Luc for  few years now, and about a year ago he moved to his present location on the west side of Toronto (on College St. at Dufferin St.). As he cut my hair, he talked about an artist acquaintance who had mentioned showing his work there, but had never followed through.

“Would you be interested in photographs instead of art?” I asked. He would, so I started thinking about what would work. The salon has bright walls and a lot of black accents, so I thought something abstract and colourful, leading me to my collection of Fargo pickup truck closeups. I posted them to my Smugmug account for his feedback and then printed, signed and framed them. I gave Luc a supply of business cards directing interested individuals to my web sites.

Fargo Door“I saw your pictures hanging,” she said. I was at a neighbours Christmas party and couldn’t figure out what she was talking about until I discovered we shared the same hairdresser. At that time, I hadn’t seen them hanging, but today, I did.

“I’ve had quite a few comments on the pictures,” said Luc. “I’ve given your card out to a few customers.” There isn’t the volume through a salon you might want, but it is cool being publicly viewed, if not a little intimidating. We started talking about putting black and white photographs of my performing artists in the back where you get your hair washed.

Fargo MirrorI’m thinking of this as an experiment. I’m finding inexpensive ways to mount the photographs and I do my own printing, so I have control of my costs. If I find some other locations, I can cycle a set of photographs around different neighbourhoods and perhaps get some traffic to my site. I really do believe that people like to see art before they buy it.

Luc owns the Linus Salon and you can find a little more about it at

Fargo Grill