Hi, I’m Ron Wood, the Founder and Lead Photographer of Heartline Pictures. I’m also a professor of photography at OCAD University. My commercial work has appeared in many publications. My client list includes major cultural venues such as the Canadian Museum of History, the Textile Museum of Canada and Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum, and corporate clients such as Xerox Canada.
I have always been interested in and fascinated by photography. I remember when I was a kid spending hours looking through my parents’ National Geographic magazines. I thought it would be fun to photographer for the magazine.
When I was twelve years old, my older brother Eric, who was also into photography, built a darkroom. That’s where the true magic of photography gripped me. Eric was my idol. Everything he did, I wanted to do, and he let me. I purchased my first 35mm camera, and then started developing and printing my own photos.
I don’t have to tell you that the world has changed a lot since then. Digital photography has made analogue photography a thing of the past. I was an early adopter of digital photography and my professional work has benefited from the new medium. Shooting with a digital camera is fun and fast, and the ability to manipulate an image in the post-production stage is exciting. Yet, I credit my success as a digital photographer to my past experience as a film photographer.