“It’s not what you look at, it’s what you see”
Henry David Thoreau
I am a Fine Art Conservation Photographer.
I take photographs because I love the outdoors and I want to share with others images of the outdoors that capture the environment, those who live in that environment, and how the environment shapes and is shaped by the lives of those living in it. I take images that either remind people of the outdoors, or help to inform people about our shared habitat. I do this using mainly my digital camera system, although I still do some images from film, and photographing without depending heavily on post processing. I attempt to get the best photograph I can that also reflects the reality of the moment. My technique is ingrained in me through a lifelong use of the Zone system of photography, mastered by Ansel Adams, which I learned when I was a child.
I am a 4th generation photographer, my great-grandfather having been a published, active photographer, and his love of scenery and nature has been passed on to me. My first photos were of nature, taken when I was in elementary school, when I used a film camera and I processed the black and white images myself in a wet darkroom. I still personally produce each image using Epson professional quality papers or canvas created on Epson professional printers that use dye and pigment inks. I then mount each photograph on museum quality mattes and archival backs. This process ensures that a finished photograph will last for a very long time – every photograph I sell is guaranteed for the life of the original purchaser and this guarantee is in writing on the back of every print. I also sell images to clients who use them in advertsing or other endeavours. I have been doing all this professionally since 1974.
I now live in rural Port Maitland, Nova Scotia, Canada on a 48 acre piece of land that has been owned by the family off and on for over 250 years. Our home overlooks the Bay of Fundy, and our property provides much to photograph, especially the sky, the marshes, the inlets and the water that fascinate me. My wife, Norma and my dog Finnegan and I enjoy long walks on our beach, but we also spend a lot of time exploring and traveling whenever and where ever we can.
Yarmouth Art Society Spring Show - now on, Group Show at the Y'ARC, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
My photographs are currently on permanent exhibit in several locations –
I am represented by two Galleries in Nova Scotia:
Bill Curry Photography Gallery and Studio – Port Maitland, Nova Scotia, Canada
Teichert Gallery – at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
My work can also be purchased at Fine Art gift shops as well such as:
Charlotte Lane – Shelburne, NS
Hook and Sea – Port Maitland, NS
Yarmouth County Museum and Archives - Starry Nights - Solo Show, Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, Yarmouth Nova Scotia
Yarmouth Arts Society - Summer showcase - Group Show at the Y'ARC, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Yarmouth County Museum and Archives - Home - Group Show, Yarmouth Art Society
Yarmouth Lighthouse - Cape Forchu, Wentzel House Gallery - Solo Show, Birds of Nova Scotia - Cape Forchu, Yarmouth, NS
Sea Garden Park - International Photographic Salon -Group Show of the Photographic Society of America at the Sea Garden Park – Varna, Bulgaria
ViewPoint Gallery – 2016 Calendar Show and 2016 Calendar – juried group show, ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax, NS
ViewPoint Gallery – Square Inch 150×150 – group show, ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax, NS
The Yarmouth Arts Regional Council’s Playhouse and Arts Centre – group show of Yarmouth Arts Society Christmas Exhibition (Yarmouth, NS)
Focus Gallery – The Summer Show – group show at Focus Gallery, Shelburne, NS
Wedgeport Tuna Museum – “Where the Stars Align”, group show in benefit of the Starlight Initiative in the Pubnico/Wedgeport area.
Yarmouth County Museum and Archives – Group Show, “Arcadia – The Marsh Suite”, Yarmouth Art Society, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Mym Gallery – Solo Show, Starry Nights – ArtsPlace, Annapolis Royal, NS
ViewPoint Gallery – Dog Days – Group Show, Barrington Street, Halifax
Beveridge Arts Centre, Acadia University – The Acadia Bird Photography Show – International Group show with photographers from Nova Scotia to Kentucky to Colorado. Beveridge Arts Centre, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Tidemark Gallery – Take Yourself There – group show of Nova Scotia artists, featured Nova Scotia artist for June 2015 – group international show onboard the Nova Star ferry, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and Portland, Maine
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History – Mammals and Birds show, Group show, Halifax, NS
ViewPoint Gallery – Calendar for 2015 juried Group Show and calendar production – Halifax, NS
ViewPoint Gallery – A Date with Serra – Group show, Halifax, NS
ViewPoint Gallery – Once Upon a Foggy Night – Group show – Halifax, NS
Tidemark Gallery – Scenes of Nova Scotia and New England – featured Nova Scotia artist – group international show onboard the Nova Star ferry, (September 1 to October 15, 2014) Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Yarmouth County Museum and Archives – Bird is a Verb, Solo show – Yarmouth, NS
Tidemark Gallery -Nova Scotian “Artist of the Month” – Solo Show – (July 15 to Aug 15, 2014), onboard the Nova Star ferry showing in Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, NS
ViewPoint Gallery – Group Show, Our Town, Our Province, Halifax, NS
ViewPoint Gallery – Bird is a Verb – Solo Show – Halifax, NS
ViewPoint Gallery – NewPoints 9 – group show – Halifax, NS
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax – ArtReach 2013, ArtReach program, Group show led by Bill Curry Photography, AGNS, Halifax, NS
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth – ArtReach 2013, ArtReach program, AGNS, Yarmouth, NS
ViewPoint Gallery – ViewPoint 2014 Calendar – juried Group show and Calendar produced
ViewPoint Gallery – Memento Mori – Group Show – Halifax, Nova Scotia
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth – “In the Gardens” Group Show
Osprey Arts Centre – Coastline Gallery – Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada – Solo show “Home Waters”
Neptune Theatre – group show “Eighteen” – Neptune Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth -” Through a Younger Lens” an ArtReach project (ArtReach 2012)
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia – Yarmouth, Nova Scotia – group show “Explorations in Photography”
Osprey Arts Centre – Coastline Gallery – Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada – Solo show “In a New Light”
Yarmouth County Museum and Archives – Yarmouth, Nova Scotia – group show “Historic Yarmouth”
The Yarmouth Arts Regional Council’s Playhouse and Arts Centre – Yarmouth, Nova Scotia – group show “Scenes of Yarmouth County”
Awards, Certificates and Honours:
Two Images win Master Photographers of Canada / Master Photographers International Prestige Awards at the image competition, August 2016
Finalist in Nature Category - International Photographic Salon – Varna, Bulgaria
Four pieces selected by jury for inclusion in the Teichert Gallery at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax.
Three Images win Master Photographers of Canada / Master Photographers International Prestige Awards at the image competition, July 2015
Four images win acceptance into Master Photographers of Canada / Master Photographers International image competition July 2015
Cover image for the Studio Rally Guide 2015
Selected by Jury for inclusion – Studio Rally (selection of Nova Scotia’s finest art) – 2014, 2015, 2016
"Tree Mist" image wins Merit Award at Professional Photographers of Canada Image Salon, March, 2016
“Bald Eagles” image wins Merit Award at Professional Photographers of Canada Image Salon, February 23, 2013
Three photographs win acceptance into Professional Photographers of Canada Image Salon, February 23, 2013
Master Photographers of Canada / Master Photographers International
Master Photographer in Fine Arts Designation
Accreditation by Professional Photographers of Canada
Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneur Awards
(twice the Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year Award)
B.A. – Acadia University
B.Ed. – Acadia University
M.Ed – Acadia University in Curriculum and Technology
M.Ed. – Acadia University in Administration
Graduate Diploma in Education Technology – Cape Breton University
Professional Photography – New York Institute of Photography
Photography History and Methods – Museum of Modern Art, New York City, New York
Professional Photographers of Canada
Master Photographers of Canada
Master Photographers International
Yarmouth Art Society
Outdoor Writers of Canada
Photographic Society of America
Photographic and Publishing credits:
NASA – Earth Science Picture of the Day – 15 February 2012, 15 October 2012, 15 February 2013, 8 March 2015
La Region Bon Temps
Astronomy Nova Scotia
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
St. Mary’s University
American Bird Association – Rare Bird
American Bird Association – Blog
Nova Scotia Bird Society
The Friends of the Yarmouth Light Society
Dalhousie University Medical Alumni website
Chronicle Herald Online
Yarmouth Vanguard Online
CBC National Website
Radio CJLS Online
News 95.7 Halifax
The Weather Network National Website
Trout Unlimited Canada National Website
Space.com – Skywatching
South Coast Today
Outdoor Nova Scotia
Visual Arts News
Hole in the Clouds
The Celestial Convergence
Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association
The Acadian Journal; The Advertiser; The Athenaeum ; AVISO; Boston Herald; Canadian Family Physician; Canadian Fly Fisher; Chronicle Herald (Halifax); The Coast; Coastal Life; Courrier de Portneuf; Currents ; Dalhousie University; Digby Courier; Field and Stream; Fly Fusion; The Griffin (Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia); Good Taste; The Nova Scotian; Nova Scotia Doers and Dreamers Guide; New York Times; Outdoor Canada; Saltscapes; Shelburne Coast Guard; Studio Rally Guide; Starboard (onboard magazine Nova Star Cruises); Wind Power Solar Power; Yarmouth Vanguard; Visual Arts News; VoxMeDal; Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Guide; and tourism promotional material and Departmental information pieces for the Province of Nova Scotia
Corporate and other Clients:
Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins Society, Avalon Rare Metals, Song of the Paddle, St. Francis Xavier University, Extreme Group, Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association, Community Collaborative Rain Hail Snow (CoCoRHS) Project, Universities Space Research Association, Acadian Skies, Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Nova Star Cruises, Nikon Canada, Starlight Foundation, Neptune Theatre , Société Touristique Bon Temps d’Argyle, Environment Canada, Trout Point Lodge, La Region Bon Temps, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie University Medical Alumni , Art Gallery of Nova Scotia , Nova Scotia Bird Society, Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, College of Family Physicians of Canada ,Government of Nova Scotia, Tri-County Regional School Board, Nova Scotia International Student Program, Nova Scotia Department of Education, Southwest Health, Trout Unlimited Canada , Studio Rally Guide Nova Scotia, Tri-County Women’s Centre, Old Stones Society, Nova Scotia Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants, Halifax Camerata Singers Society, Yarmouth Hospital Foundation, Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, the Municipality of the District of Argyle, The Municipality of Clare, the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth, and Acadia First Nation
The New Fly Fisher; “Live at 5″ ATV News – ATV TV, Halifax, NS; ATV TV Halifax, NS; CTV TV Halifax, NS; CBC TV Halifax, NS; The Weather Network
News 95.7 Halifax; CBC Vancouver, CFCY Charlottetown, PEI; CJLS Yarmouth, NS; CKBW Bridgewater, NS;
CKEN Kentville, NS; CKIC Wolfville (Acadia University),NS; CBC Halifax Radio One – Information Morning
I was born in a small quintessentially New England town, Groton, Massachusetts – where my mother’s family has lived since the mid-1600’s, having come to America on the Mayflower. Interestingly, my father’s family has been in Nova Scotia almost that long – having arrived as the first group of Scottish settlers in Nova Scotia, prior to 1632, and also with ties to the Mayflower. This duality of background has always been and will continue to be a source of inspiration for me, as it connects me to all of North America and beyond.
I am a 4th generation photographer – my great grandfather was an ardent amateur photographer who left behind a treasure trove of catalogued images. This love of photography was passed on to me, as my Father worked in his Biology lab and had me helping photograph his plant experiments and was furthered when I attended Belvedere School and took photography as an elective during part of my Art courses and had wonderful teachers. This continued when I entered Lawrence Academy, Groton’s prestigious private fine arts secondary school, and continued my photographic training.
When I was 15 our family moved to Nova Scotia, and the influence of the rural lifestyle and beauty of the Province inspired me, and still does, as I enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts at Acadia University. After graduation, I began teaching by obtaining a B.Ed. and two M.Ed.s from Acadia, a graduate diploma in Education Technology from Cape Breton University and finally came back to photography as a graduate of the 3 year Professional Photography program from the New York Institute of Photography, and I obtained a certificate in Photography and Photographic Concepts from the Museum of Modern Art, also in New York City, New York.
My teaching has garnered many accolades; for example, I am the only person to ever win the award of Atlantic Canada’s Entrepreneurship Educator twice. This combination of teaching experience and technology and photography knowledge makes Bill Curry Photography a sought after presence at many photographic workshops. I have taught all grades from Grade Primary to Twelve in public schools, plus I have taught at several Community Colleges and three different Universities. In my teaching, I always had photography in the mix, and gave many, many presentations on photography, technology and entrepreneurship, as well as teacher improvement and professional development seminars. I worked for several school boards during my tenure as a teacher, guidance counselor, principal and system consultant before becoming Director of a school board prior to my retirement to pursue full time photography.
I specialize in Landscape, Nature and Wildlife photography, capturing images of natural surroundings and displaying the images using a technique originated by Ansel Adams called the Zone System of photography. This system encourages the photographer to visualize the final image before being captured, and thus the photographer’s use of light and dark is always foremost in the mind when composing an image. My photographs display this love of contrast, and this accounts for the texture viewers often cite as evident in my images. I am at the forefront of a movement called Conservation Photography, whereby the photographer, through his pictures and writing, documents nature and issues with the environment and human interaction.
I was an early adopter of digital technology, alongside film, in 1997. I currently use mostly digital cameras, but still produce some fine art prints from film negatives. I pride myself on not re-touching or heavily altering my images, instead electing to remain faithful to the Zone System and visualizing the shot in advance, making post shot alterations less necessary. I am also a Professional Master Guide so it comes as no surprise that the outdoors I love so much is the centrepiece of my continuing photographic experiences. I have been writing and providing photographs for magazines and newspapers for over 40 years.
I am an accredited, award-winning member of the Professional Photographers of Canada, a Master in Fine Arts member of the Master Photographers International and I am an active member of the Photographic Society of America all of which have the goals of promoting and improving the art of photography. I am currently providing photographs and content to a number of magazines and news outlets, and have recently been contributing to websites and other electronic media outlets as well. I sell fine art prints of my photographs, and have had my work in a number of exhibitions and galleries. I am constantly expanding my photographic experiences and love to share my work with those who find my material to be of interest. For a more complete list of these activities, please see the News section of my website. I welcome all comments or questions about my work, and would love to hear from people who wish to be in contact. My photography is about the environment and our shared place in it – if these are your values, I hope you find my efforts of interest.
Visit the Gallery
The Bill Curry Photography Gallery and Studio is located in beautiful Port Maitland, Nova Scotia, Canada – overlooking the Bay of Fundy.
The Gallery is open on a by chance or by appointment basis, and is the best place to see the work Bill has to offer. The Gallery and Studio is also where Bill holds most of his photography classes, and is where Bill produces his work. You are invited to drop by or e-mail or phone and make an appointment to visit Bill Curry Photography!
Bill Curry Photography
3455 Highway 1, Port Maitland
Nova Scotia, Canada B5A 5T6
Take a Workshop
Bill Curry Photography –
Bill Curry Photography offers a number of workshops for anyone interested in improving their photography, from the novice photographer who wants to advance from simply taking a snapshot to creating a photograph, to the intermediate who wishes to understand more clearly the way to express themselves through photos to the advanced photographer who might benefit from learning a new technique, or who just wants to brush up on a specific photography fundamental.
All workshops are taught by Bill personally, and class sizes are kept to fewer than 10 students to insure that each student gets the personal attention they will require to advance.
Bill’s teaching has garnered many accolades; for example, Bill is the only person to ever win the award of Atlantic Canada’s Entrepreneurship Educator twice. This combination of teaching experience and technology and photography knowledge makes Bill Curry Photography a sought after presence at many photographic workshops. Bill has taught all grades from Grade Primary to Twelve in public schools, plus he has taught at several Community Colleges and three different Universities. In his teaching, Bill always had photography in the mix, and gave many, many presentations on photography, technology and entrepreneurship, as well as teacher improvement and professional development seminars. You can be assured that Bill will find a way to help you both improve your photography, and have fun at the same time!
The three levels of workshops are:
c. The Basics workshops are aimed at people who are new to photography or to their camera and wish to learn about aperture, shutter speed and ISO and who simply wish to improve their photography.
b. These Intermediate level workshops assume a photographer knows how to control aperture, shutter speed and ISO and also has some understanding of composition. The person taking these workshops will delve more deeply into the creative process, and may wish to look at specific individual problems presented by differing topics to shoot.
a. Professional Level – these workshops are for people who are very comfortable with their cameras, may do their own printing and who are comfortable with the fundamentals of photoshop or other image processing programs. These people will benefit from either the Pro level workshops or, often, from personal instruction – which can always be arranged.
The Basic series of workshops is a 4 part series of workshops which can be taken together or separately, but which together would take someone from creating snapshots into the realm of becoming a true photographer.
Bill Curry Photography is offering these four workshops as four separate (2 hour) workshops, and Bill will give feedback between sessions to those who wish to take several.
The cost is just $50 for each session; individuals completing all four workshops will also be given preferential scheduling so that the most people possible can be accommodated.
The Basics – Improving your Photography Workshop series: (Category C – Novice to Intermediate)
Workshop One – Three rules to Improve your Photography
This workshop will take you from taking snapshots, to beginning to really create photographs. Three powerful, yet simple, things to always think about that will expand your picture taking process into the realm of artistic expression. This workshop lays the foundation for WHY things like shutter speeds, aperture and so forth are important – without going into all the technical aspects yet. You will see a huge improvement in your photography by thinking about these three things as you take a picture.
Workshop Two – The Photographic Triangle
Knowing what you want to do is the first part; everything else in photography is how to achieve the desired results. This workshop will guide you through an understanding of aperture, or f-stops, and shutter speeds, and how we can use both to improve our photographs, and how ISO is also related. This workshop could be subtitled “Fun with Photographic Numbers” as it is the most technical of the four workshops, but it is also the foundation to really improving your pictures.
Workshop Three – Light
Photography is a Greek word meaning “writing with light” – in this workshop we shall explore how light can be used to fulfill our three rules – and how light, and understanding it, is essential to powerful photographs.
Workshop Four – Photography a la Mode
In the final Novice level workshop we look at how to continue achieving our three goals, and how the use of various shooting modes affects your photographs. There is a lot of technology built in to our cameras; this workshop goes into how to get the most out of it.
Beyond the Basics
Beyond the Basics – Topics:
Bird and Wildlife Photography –
Join Bill on a birding walk to wonderful seaside and coastal inland areas, where he will advance your bird photography by showing you the techniques the pros use to take better wildlife photos. This day long adventure centers on starting the day with a refresher on the basics of photography as they apply to wildlife, and continues to the field where we learn to implement the concepts taught earlier. Bill’s groups have access to two wildlife study areas, where chickadees and other birds have been studied, and Bill also knows the best birding spots elsewhere to insure you the best opportunity to get some wonderful practice in on wildlife photography.
Bill is a Registered Master Guide, and his photography shows he understands well the environs and habits of the wildlife he photographs – knowledge he loves to teach others about, in turn hoping that people’s appreciation of the wildlife we share our planet with is enhanced. Time – all day session, normally 9 to 4:30 (with an hour or so for lunch), but can be extended on either end depending on the season Cost $125.
Night Photography and Astrophotography
Learn how to correctly capture and expose for nighttime objects in a 2 to 3 hour workshop offered to enable the SLR (or DSLR) user to obtain great images of the night and the objects we can see so well from our dark skies here in Nova Scotia. Bill owns two telescopes (a homemade 4.25″ kit telescope, and an 8″ SCT) and can also show participants how to make a “barn door” to keep track of stars. Bill also details how to shoot for star trails and man made objects such as the International Space Station or other interesting items. Of course, when a special occasion comes along, Bill also takes part in showing off the sky and those amazing shows that nature puts on such as conjunctions, eclipses and comets. Bill’s work has been published by NASA and on websites like Space.com, so you know you’re learning from someone who has the experience to show you the path to the stars.
Time – normally a 2 to 3 hour session, obviously beginning after dark and being highly subject to weather. We only do “hands on” astronomy photography, so the workshop can be re-scheduled and participants should realize the limitations this brings. If, however, you’re in the Port Maitland area and it’s a clear night forecast – why not give Bill a call – the universe awaits your discovery!
Cost – $90 for a 2 to 3 hour workshop.
Seasonal Photography Photo Sessions
Join Bill on a walk – a Photowalk as it’s known more formally – as we look for flowing water, wildflowers or interesting trees or perhaps visit a wildlife habitat – and learn about light, composition and the use of colour to accent our subjects and make great photographs. The only three photography rules you should never break are introduced, and then we look at how we achieve them in this informative day-long workshop. Bring a tripod and whatever gear you have, and join us in learning how to better your outdoor photography –the outdoors is my passion, let me show you how to make it yours!
Time – 9:00 to 4:30
Garden Photography session
Bill will work with the aspiring garden photographer and give a myriad of tips to help you make better photos of plants, flowers and gardens. We will discuss light, composition and colour and pay particular attention to how this influences our photographs of flowers in a garden setting, and how to get broader photos as well. The focus will be on light and its properties and how a knowledge of these attributes of light can really impact your photographs. This session can be booked as a day long session or a half day workshop, and can be on your site, or one of our choosing to help you get better photos. Time – Full day is from 9 am to 4:30 pm and again the location can be mutually agreed upon. (we’ll take an hour for lunch)
Cost $125 for the full day
Bring your creative ideas to life with Adobe Photoshop®, the professional digital imaging standard, used by photographers who want to perfect their digital images. Photoshop allows you to create powerful images and designs. This workshop is designed to get you up and running with Adobe Photoshop in just one day. The focus will be on step-by-step instruction leading students through the most important tools and concepts in Photoshop.
The day is broken into three parts:
Part One: The Basics
• Learn to open, start and view new files or existing photos.
• Learn to use Camera RAW to open and make basic corrections.
• Make selections using different selection tools.
• Using brushes and selection tools to create a powerful image.
Part Two: Refining Images
• Learn color correction using adjustment layers
• Use the clone stamp tool to correct imperfections.
• Learn to crop and resize images.
Part Three: Basic Retouching
• Learn to retouch people with the Red Eye, Spot Healing Brush, Healing Brush and other powerful Tools.
• Tips for creating more artistic images using free plug-ins.
• Learn to save the image for the web and to prepare the image for printing.
This one-day course costs just $145. This same class can be taken as 3 two-hour workshops, for the same $145. fee.
Advanced One on One Training:
Most often the person taking these sessions would be looking to get personal one on one or very small group instruction. Bill offers private ($100 per 2 hour session) or your small group lessons ($350.for full day group, limited to 8 people) and can address pretty well any photographic topic you’d like. Contact us soon to book a private or small group session and really let your creative juices flow!
Bill also offers a full 12 lesson “Beyond the Basics” training course. This course takes one from just being a person with a camera, to becoming a real photographer with a full understanding of most photographic concepts. The full course is $500 and is taught on a very small group basis – as are all Bill’s courses – to keep the student teacher ratio low and to make sure you get the personal attention you deserve.
Contact Bill Curry Photography today if you’re interested in any classes – classes start on an “as needed” basis and run throughout the year depending on topics.
Information about Bill can be seen on this website, and people are welcome to contact Bill and inquire further.
Comments or questions are welcomed – and we look forward to helping you improve and enjoy your photography !
Bill Curry Photography
3455 Highway 1, Port Maitland
Nova Scotia, Canada B5A 5T6