Oakville Camera Club co-founder and 2010 Oakville Arts Award finalist Bill Smith is a self taught photographer has been long interested in the GTA Greenbelt through his passion for the outdoors.
“My interest in the suggesting GTA Greenbelt to Gary and Les as a photographic exhibit initially stemmed from my love of skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer up along the Niagara Escarpment near the Forks of the Credit and in Dundas Valley,” said Smith. “As Les points out the GTA Greenbelt has been a contentious issue with different stakeholders for years.”
“The concern I have is while the GTA Greenbelt is protected by the Provincial Government, it is still under pressure from suburban sprawl and open pit gravel mining,” Smith continued. “While the verdict might still be out on whether farming in the Greenbelt is sustainable from an economic perspective, I like the fact you can experience nature within in roughly an hour’s drive from Oakville and other parts of the GTA.
Smith’s work has been exhibited at Oakville Town Hall during Capture Oakville 2009 and been sold through the New Leaders of Sunnybrook Foundation art auctions in 2007 and 2008. His work can be viewed on his photoblog.