Best known for his sports photography, Dave Sandford has racked up an extensive list of career highlights, including shoots at major sporting events like the Winter Olympics, Stanley Cup Finals, and multiple NHL All-Star Games. However, the young photographer's true passion lies in capturing outdoor spectacles. Sandford is specifically enraptured by water. In a blog post, he says, “I'm fascinated by the sheer raw power and force of it, captivated by the graceful movement of a wave and mesmerized by light dancing across it.”
Sandford chose to focus on the volatile and awe-inspiring waters of Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes of Canada, over a period from mid-October through December, when the dark, windy autumnal weather transforms the lake into a wild and treacherous surface. For 4 weeks, Sandford trekked out to the lake, and used his Canon gear with 400mm & 70-200mm lenses to shoot the lake's displays of sheer power. Despite being the 4th largest Great Lake in Canada, Erie is surprisingly shallow, a factor that contributes to its dramatic shifts in conditions.
Honing a photographic career over 18 years, Sandford's collection depicting the “Liquid Mountains” of Lake Erie are a spectacular demonstration of Nature's raw power and amazing beauty.
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