Landscapes and birds get me out, motivate me to explore places--new and exotic as well as old and familiar. Photography can be both a 'scientific' tool and an 'artistic' medium, and without claiming to be either a scientist or artist, I try to find an intersection between these two, often disparate, ways of seeing the world.

Regarding landscapes, what interests me--beyond revelling in capturing the sheer beauty of them--is trying to discern the processes at work in creating, and recreating, them. What role have humans played? What cultural norms get expressed? And how do the natural advantages and limitations of a place influence how humans, and other animals, use a place, adapt to it, and in turn are defined by it. In other words, I want to comprehend the grand interplay between Nature and Nurture, recognizing, of course, that I am pretty much confined to looking out from inside my 'little world'.

By framing a view, we attempt to capture a coherent, integrated, holistic expression, where the integrity of the landscape is mirrored by the artistic coherence of the resulting photograph. By freezing a moment in time, photographs also let us extend our vision across time, to see changes otherwise imperceptible to the human eye... but that's a topic for another day.

Birds, our ubiquitous--and in many ways superior--companions on this planet, see things from a distinctly different perspective. But not so different, I think, that they can't also provide us with the opportunity to also see a little outside our bubble. By recognizing them as sentient beings, sharing much the same needs and emotions, their behaviour, or even just their presence, can provide a little window that widens our own perspective on this amazing planet.

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  • Current cityWaterloo, Ontario
  • CountryCanada

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A wonderful moment is discover a new appealing artist. A wonderful moment for any artist is to discover they are one. The job of an scientist, the job of an artist is to see. Virgil Martin is both an artist and a scientist, an observer with the fine skill of recording the best of his sense and spirit of place. Congratu… Read more

A wonderful moment is discover a new appealing artist. A wonderful moment for any artist is to discover they are one. The job of an scientist, the job of an artist is to see. Virgil Martin is both an artist and a scientist, an observer with the fine skill of recording the best of his sense and spirit of place. Congratulations to all of us who can share your images!

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January 6, 2021

There is a masterful and inspiring collection here. Your beautiful landscapes with so brilliant colours - every piece is a joy to contemplate. Thank you so much for sharing !

January 4, 2021

Excellent work Virgil! I love your panoramas.

August 16, 2020

You have a really good photostream, Virgil, but many of your images particularly hit home for me because I lived in Southwestern Ontario for a long time before I moved to the UK about a decade ago. I don't think I've ever seen anyone capture the spirit of the rural SW so vividly as you've done here and it makes me long… Read more

You have a really good photostream, Virgil, but many of your images particularly hit home for me because I lived in Southwestern Ontario for a long time before I moved to the UK about a decade ago. I don't think I've ever seen anyone capture the spirit of the rural SW so vividly as you've done here and it makes me long for those long drives on quiet roads in the countryside. Your BC pics are really super too and very enjoyable - thanks for sharing!!

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February 16, 2020

Great Photostream

August 20, 2017