Some of the images that are mentioned in the following are not on these
web pages. They were part of an exhibit called "The Passing of Shadows"
shown at the Art-In-Guelph Gallery...


Man walking on the beach, child's doll in the foreground with 5
child's building blocks. A striking image. Perhaps he is walking away
from childhood memories, the building blocks of his youth no longer as
stable as they once were and yet he also seems to be walking toward his
future, the uneven maze of lines in the sand like the path of his life.
For all our memories past and present this image resonates with my
vision and with my heart. - a fantastic exhibit.
Carly Nishimura...

I've passed through this gallery in early summer and the curator
told me that there were some photography exhibits in September. So here
I am. I've viewed your work and find your images a pleasure to look at.
Number 616 caught my eye because of the reflection in the water. I can
relate to this in a fish story some years ago. Your works brings out
some memories of the past for me. Your exhibit shows constant uniformity
among each print with a constant colour for each print. Great work and keep it up.
Wayne Hicks, Corner Brook, NFLD...

About 7 of these have an immediate appeal. The rest are a "mystery"
to this artistic ignoramus.
Don E...

A Tranquil Oasis.
Angel Wings Behind...

The Ice Storm- The sole person is walking afraid of sliding off the
road because of ice and falling branches...

Marriage- is an innocent- a naive- the young girl shows this
illusion, while the older woman represents the reality of life...

I'm very drawn to the architectural presence in this work-
particularly the door and its apparent reflection into the water/ road/
flood/ sea.? Can I step out of this door and "walk on water"?

Also- This is sheer beauty- "just born"? Very impressive!!
Annette Dyon...

Stuck, waiting for the release of the one I love.

Climbing only to get so far before descending and returning to
earth for all of time.- Great Work- Moving.
David Kasha...

Doll lying still on beach doing isometrics and grinning at
molecules as dad #2 version 2.1 walks away, never forgetting ...

A perfect scene, nature at its silent, crisp, raw beauty. I can
smell the fog as I get closer. I want to dip my toes into the water. How
cool is it? I never want to leave the complete serenity of a walk here.
Silence is meditation...

This is mesmerizing what are these babies? Elves. Innocence. Your
use of trees in many are captivating...

Very intriguing image...

Guy going to work- an electrifying experience...

This beautiful child playing in a background that is fairytale
like, but also threatening. It's a picture of an image of the individual
in this world, unaware of its future, Although deep down he/she does know...

The Memory of Mirrors emerge. Provokes the past...

- It's interesting to me that despite the centrality and eeriness of
the head rising out of the water, ones eye persistently focuses on the
odd stone in the foreground!...

It captures the sense I have of past and present. How "ghost" of
the past influence and inhabit places and present interacting. As we
walk through the present from day to day we're also moving through
what's come before us. Life is layered. Man, hard to put in words, but
you've certainly captured it visually!...

- Sepia tones in this medium are a good vehicle for the romantic
spirit struggling against but yet doomed to despair.
Gerry Y...

Timelessness, The tides are rolling in and the tides are rolling
out. Generations of man go on from one time to another. There's a stone
in the foreground that is reminiscent of a scull, sort of once again
that berth death timelessness theme. The head is transparent so you
don't know if he is really there or if he's not. Maybe he comes from
another generation, maybe he's already dead, or maybe he's alive. Every
generation looks to the water and feels the pulse of tides moving in and out...

Picture of the stairs. The stairs are a man made construction and
they're man made like our society is man made. The stairs go nowhere
just like our society goes nowhere and off in the distance in the
vagueness is the real world with its earth and water. It's like we're so
busy going up and down the frigging stairs we never really feel in touch
with the earth and the water...

First of all, I feel bad for not going to the actual gallery to seeyour
work. It is absolutely wonderful! I do hope to get to see it up close.
Yourdreamlike landscapes are both mysterious and intriguing. I like to play
around in my darkroom and create composite prints myself and was
wonderinghow much of your work is created by dodging/burning or by actual cutting
andreshooting? (I hope you don't mind sharing some of your secrets).

From Robert: Hi K. Silverstone, Thank you for your very encouraging comments. I use
photos as source material for painting, drawing, printmaking, and now
photomontage. It was an accident that led me to photography. I tried
playing around in the dark room and found I could not produce one photo
that satisfied me, so I gave it up and returned to old fashioned
painting etc. I've also tried collage and I hated the cut out look- so
back to painting. Don't get me wrong, I love other peoples photos and
collages. Then one day I tried photoshop. I thought this would be a good
tool for getting some painting ideas. The more I played around with it
the more I was encouraged to try new things and also I love the control.
It's like improvising with photos. You can do the darkroom tricks-
dodging, burning, cutting, plus scan in my photos, drawings, textures,
etc. and no chemicals!! I saw your fascinating work on the internet and
I must say you are in wonderland! Your work has inspired me! I love
reaching out for things that I can't touch!

ALL- I wouldn't bring my children to a show like this because it would
give them nightmares.