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Childhood wonders captured in Truro man's photography

Whether it’s placing a toy train on real tracks, setting an oil can beside a tin man on an aging park bench, or getting creative with people shots, Truro photographer Luke Adams says his intent is to create interesting and eye-pleasing cinematic images.
Whether it’s placing a toy train on real tracks, setting an oil can beside a tin man on an aging park bench, or getting creative with people shots, Truro photographer Luke Adams says his intent is to create interesting and eye-pleasing cinematic images. - Harry Sullivan

TRURO, NS

Spending time at the shore as a lad and discovering a piece of beach glass in the sand was a magical moment for Luke Adams.

So, when he decided to set up his own photography business he reached back to those moments of childhood wonder and called it Beach Glass Photography.

“I wanted something that really kind of tied into our Maritime setting,” the Truro businessman said. “I spent definitely a chunk of time each summer growing up at the beach as a kid and you’d find these neat pieces of beach glass. You know, there’s something kind of magical about it and tying the two together, the Maritime roots and that magic experience of picking up that beach glass. And it’s something I try to recreate in my photos, a little bit of that magic or that wonder maybe.”

Plus, given that photography is shooting through glass, “… it all ties in,” Adams said.

Adams began his business last December after he, his wife Megan and their three children, ages five, four and one, returned home after travelling and working overseas.

Given the slowdown in wedding and other types of commercial photography during the winter months, Adams has been focusing lately on getting his in-home studio set up and ready for this year’s activities.

Now 34, Adams said he never really picked up a camera until after he and his wife started travelling about four years ago.

After initially leaving Truro 13 years ago, Adams said he spent nine years in Toronto performing and teaching music. For the past two years, he and his wife worked in the Czech Republic teaching English and doing volunteer church work. Two years prior to that were spent travelling across Canada and the United States in preparation for their overseas work.

“It seemed like something to do,” he said, of the adventurous lifestyle.

But with their growing family and wanting to spend time with aging parents, Adams said they decided to head home.

He originally got into photography as a way to record their travels. Adams said he began to think about it in more serious light after comparing his work to other professional shooters.

“I just think my work measured up and in some cases more than measured up,” he said. “I started with just shooting what I saw – a nice scene here or something quaint there – and then it kind of went beyond that, just getting creative putting together things I wanted to see. And from there it moved on to working with people and doing that.”

Adams said he loves to create scenes and describes his work as having a cinematic look.

“As a photographer, you are always looking for what kind of makes you different,” he said.

“And that’s really what I’m trying to do.”

Adams can be reached at: info@beachglassphoto.ca .

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