Welcome to the Vistek Online Photo Gallery

No matter what photographic equipment and techniques you use, it’s all about the end result: great images; images that tell a story about a time or place; images that portray emotion; images that inspire. In fact, we were so inspired, we built a gallery in each of our stores. If you would like to show your work in one of them, please email us at gallery@vistek.ca and we will get in touch with you.”

The Exciting World of Scanography – Janet Dwyer


Photographer Janet Dwyer utilizes a flatbed scanner as an imaging tool instead of the traditional digital camera to capture images. Inspired by the infinite variety and exact structures found in the natural world, Janet scans plants, feathers, bones, ice, live and dead insects on a flatbed scanner, as a way to convert the 3-dimensional objects to digital information. And here lies the secret: the scanner magnifies details that are often too small to see, offering a sense of intimacy and a unique connection to structures within objects. Dwyer’s work has won several international awards, including a first-place prize in the…

Little People, Big Landscape – John Rathwell


John Rathwell is a self-taught action sports photographer based in Ottawa Ontario. With John’s series Little People Big Landscape he’s found a unique, and striking style and of action photography where the individual – whether it’s a kayaker or mountain biker – takes up a small part of the photo allowing the landscape to dominate.. According to John, “I like shooting this way because it allows the viewer to dream and put themselves in the location.”

Cosmopolis: A Q&A with Colin Boyd Shafer


Toronto is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. More than half of its 3 million inhabitants are born outside of Canada. The challenge: photograph someone born in every single country of the world who now calls Toronto home. Photographer Colin Boyd Shafer accepted the challenge. And over the course of a year (June 2013 – June 2014) captured Toronto citizens, along with a prized possession that trace their origins and represent tangible connections to their past. Born in Kitchener, Colin Boyd Shafer is an award-winning documentary photographer, winning the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival’s Photography Competition in London, UK, and the 2014 Toronto…

Danny Turcotte – Painter of Light


Danny Turcotte is both a North Bay Ontario based Photographer and owner of Catch-Light Photography. As a contemporary photographer who strives for a style that is both diverse and unique, Danny ensures that each photo he captures tells a story. With his camera, he has traveled as far as India, Cambodia, and the Phillipines. He has also ventured locally throughout towns all across Canada. Danny is constantly searching for new and exciting ways to share his amazing view of the world with those around him. When he isn’t working weddings, you’re sure to see Danny spending time with his son,…

Raising Voices – Raising Hope – A Q&A with Henry VanderSpek


Meet Henry VanderSpek Henry VanderSpek has made a career of creating cultural expressions – snapshots of a part of the world many of us are totally unfamiliar with. Throughout his career, VanderSpek has captured vibrant images of the joy, pain and plight of people in urban backdrops both here and abroad in his work with Matthew House, World Vision Canada and Photographers Without Borders. VanderSpek‘s series, Raising Voices – Raising Hope, currently featured in Vistek’s Toronto Store Gallery, highlights his interactions with schoolchildren in Uganda. In this project, Henry traveled with Photographers Without Borders, working with the Raising Voices‘ Good School program, which seeks to remove violence…

A Night in Bangkok – A Q&A with Martin Gros


Tell us a bit more about your series A Boxing Child. “A Boxing Child” is the perfect example of one of those projects that chooses you. Let me explain: I was in Thailand for vacation with two childhood friends. I only brought minimal of gear as I’d planned to only capture simple memories of my travels with my friends. While I was already aware of the issues surrounding children in muay thai, I hadn’t planned any projects about it at that time. At the tail-end of our trip, intense rain trapped us in stadium where a muay thai show was in progress. The first fights were children and I remember…

Form vs. Function – A Q&A with Sean Walsh


Meet Sean Walsh Sean Walsh has spent his career pursuing perfect, sharp, in-focus images – both for himself and others. As a photographer, Sean’s incredibly unique style is defined by his passion and discipline. As a vital member of our Rentals team, Sean is also devoted to helping others find that same, perfect balance of form and function. A fan of abstract work, Sean’s photos utilizes his shutter as a kind of paintbrush; smearing light and motion into a blur of lines and a mix of colours. The results are like oil on canvas – playing with colour and saturation…

Into the Wild – A Q&A with Robert Hawara


Ottawa photographer Robert Hawara’s passion for world travel and wildlife have taken him places many of us only read about. Vistek is proud to show photos from Robert’s wild side, including the elephants of Tsavo East and the majestic Lions of Tanzania. Robert’s 15 years’ experience and incredible style have brought us enduring moments that celebrate the world’s unique cultures – wherever they may be. What is your background/education? Unlike many of my peers, my education couldn’t be further from photography and the general arts. I obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Business…

Hitting Paydirt – A Q&A with Marc Landry


How did you get your start? My love for sports –  particularly mountain biking – is what set me off on this photographic journey. I worked in the cycling industry for a number of years, often finding myself at races and loved capturing the action in front of me. Part of my work at the time involved running race teams, events and working with sponsors. People started to express interest in my work, which helped me realize that there was an opportunity beyond my personal interest. What is your background/education? In the beginning of my career path my success was…

‘To Fredricton’ by Michael Clowater


Michael Clowater, Creative Director at BBDO, has invited us to take a road trip he’s taken a hundred times. And no need to leave the city to experience this adventure. Clowater created an interactive installation entitled “To Fredericton” that debuted at Relish/567/Tendril’s 10th annual “Life Beyond Advertising – An Art Party”. Over 400 party attendees soaked in the full road trip experience, snacking on timbits and listening to a road trip playlist as they sat in a reconstructed car, complete with flatscreen TV’s made to emulate car windows. Video footage of the 1400 KM journey between Toronto and Fredericton played…