Over the past several years Ottawa architect Len Ward has directed energy toward an equal passion - fine art photography. With an early interest in urban planning and heritage architecture, his first subjects were streetscapes and neighbourhoods. He soon moved on to studies of natural landscapes and finally to the most fascinating subject of all - people. Most recently, Len has brought his many years of photographic experience to his exploration of the human figure in the natural landscape. Inspired by the work of both past and contemporary masters, many of his works explore the almost primal relationship between the human body and the elements of nature.
Amidst the recent explosion of the popularity of digital photography, Len continues to have a deep appreciation for traditional photographic processes. Maintaining complete control over all aspects of his image-making, he works with both modern DSLR equipment as well as with medium and large format film-based cameras. Len processes and prints his own work, using both traditional and digital methods. While many of his fine art projects are undertaken outdoors in natural light, Len also operates a photo studio within his arts&architecture venue, where he does both figurative work and portraiture. Located on Bank Street in Old Ottawa South, arts & architecture also incorporates Len’s architectural practice and art gallery.
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