170817 Barrier - matthew piers robertson • photography writing creative toronto

Every July there's a bit of a lull in my photography. Mostly this is for happy reasons, but there's something about this summer that's made it harder to get going again. Perhaps it's a result of every attempted plan being rained out, or that my newest camera has been in the shop for over a week already, or a social-media-inspired malaise – it's hard to say.

The good news is that I can see a way around the barriers and will be getting back out there, creatively, rain or shine. At this point that seems like a very positive thing.


I'm a part of a longstanding print critique group, the Toronto Focal Forum. I'm especially fortunate that they 'get' my occasional minimalist excursions.

"Barrier" was one of my print submissions for October, and we had a great conversation about the image and the nature of barriers themselves. Minor White's instruction to "photograph what else it is" remains an elusive ambition for me, but occasionally I get lucky.


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