Most of what you see on these pages are my photos, taken both in my career as a journalist and on the many days I've had the desire to snap a few candid shots. All are taken with what friends and most acquaintances know is my prized possession - a Canon Rebel XSI. It's a rare day that I don't have it hanging around my neck.
My reason for starting this blog was originally to promote my first venture into multimedia/movie making, a seven-minute video of photos taken at Thorold's Olympic Torch Route event. I needed an effective way to get this out to as many people as possible without it being lost in the sea that is YouTube. Since then, the purpose of Mind's Mural has expanded to promote not just my own work but that of the many talented people I've met in my career. Who couldn't use a little free advertising? Visit Stuff I Like to find a mass of local (Niagara-based, mostly covering the Thorold/Welland/Dunnville and sometimes St. Catharines areas) non-profits, individuals, musicians/bands and artists I've had the pleasure of meeting and events I've attended.
If you are a Niagara-based non-profit, band, etc. (especially from Thorold!) and/or have an upcoming event or cause you'd like help promoting, leave a comment here or contact me at email@example.com and I will review and feature in Local Listings. Admittedly, this results in my blog serving a dual purpose, which I understand is a no-no, but I am far too lazy to manage two blogs.
The name Mind's Mural owes its inspiration to a local attraction in my favourite city Thorold (in case you couldn't tell). There, a group of volunteers is working on Canada's largest mural project. It runs along the Welland Canal Parkway and provided many a story during my time at the Thorold Niagara News. As I thought about names for my blog, I got thinking of how that project expresses the achievements, character, growth and history of the city, its tragedies and triumphs epitomized, personified and painted on a wall. I'm hoping this blog will do the same for me!