About Frederic Hore

I think it was a plot by my parents. Give the lad a camera to keep him occupied... and out of mischief! Mom claims she did it to develop my artistic talent. Then Dad got in on the act. When I was 15, he loaned me his beautifully crafted, German-built, Voigtlander 35mm rangefinder. That was it - I was smitten!

After graduating from college, I worked briefly as a photographer-reporter for a newspaper in British Columbia, then freelanced in Western Canada and the Maritime provinces before moving back to my native Montreal. Some four decades later I'm still "playing" with my cameras... and getting into trouble too!

Through the years, my trusty camera has been at my side to capture the moment, whether I was 40m beneath the waves, traversing great continents, or gliding 10,000 meters above it all. Along the way - fascinating people, exotic cultures and mystical lands have graced my films and enriched my life.

Not long after my parents gave me that small Kodak Brownie Instamatic, I purchased my first 35mm SLR camera - a Minolta SRT101. Today my kit consists of several Nikon digital bodies and a wide range of Nikkor lenses. With my feet now planted firmly in the digital world, I still relish the look, feel and sharpness of Fuji Velvia and Provia films. While landscape, travel and portraiture photography are my forté, I also capture a variety of other subjects including nature, architecture and nightscapes. Constantly striving for perfection with a fresh approach and a different angle means trying new things, and learning new skills.

In the past 18 years, at the invitation of various groups, libraries and organizations, I've been able to share my passion for travel, culture, history, architecture, geography and photography with more than 170 digital multi-media productions Lectures & Talks. Clicking on the galleries will reveal a selection of images from some 21 digital shows. Some have won awards, others have been widely published, while some are my own personal favourites, selected from unique places around the globe. All the photographs displayed, plus some 50,000 images from my sizeable archive, are available for purchase - please contact me for details.

Crafted as a portfolio for potential clients, workshop participants, and image banks, this website allows me to satisfy frequent requests by the public to see more of my imagery.

Additional images and galleries from my odysseys are frequently added, so return often to discover what's new!

I hope you enjoy the journey.

Montrealer Frederic Hore is an award-winning freelance photojounalist, writer, lecturer and teacher. His images and/or stories have been published in the New York Daily News, National Post, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, Vancouver Sun, CNN iReport, CITY-TV, Broadcaster, The Weather Network, PhotoLife, Canada's premier photographic magazine, US adventure monthly Hooked on the Outdoors, Canadian Camera, plus numerous other publications and websites.

Graduating with a Diploma in Communication Arts from Dawson College in Montreal, Frederic has lived or worked in virtually every major city in Canada from coast to coast. His international excursions, including extensive travel in the continental United States, has taken him to more than 50 countries on all seven continents, including seven expeditions to Antarctica.

Frederic's odysseys form the foundation for dynamic digital slide shows and multimedia productions, presented with engaging music and lively travel lore, illustrating the people, culture, life, history and fauna of the lands he visits. In the last 18 years, he has presented more than 170 shows to public and private organizations in the Montreal region, and on-board expedition ships, to popular acclaim.

For those interested in pursuing their photographic passion, Frederic teaches a variety of workshops for all skill levels at the Stewart Hall Community Centre in Pointe Claire, Quebec during the winter months. Stimulating and well organized photographic field trips and outings, are offered throughout the year.

A volunteer and active member of the Lakeshore Camera Club of Pointe Claire, Quebec, he leads popular outings as their photo Field Trip "Leadah." He previously served the club in executive positions as Architecture Chair (2013-2015) and Nature Chair (2003-2005).

An outdoor enthusiast, Frederic is an avid hiker, canoeist, cyclist, cross-country skier and certified scuba diver. His imagery may be viewed at Remarkable Images.ca

Some of his recent travels

Through dangerous lightning storms, undulating highways, and lively cities, for 26 days in December 2013, Frederic drove on a crazy and frenetic, 10,360 km road trip throughout Argentina. Starting at Buenos Aires, he headed north to the mighty waterfalls at Iguazu, then south to stunning Patagonia - revealing the history, culture, and wildlife, of the land of his forefathers.

Then in January 2014, he travlled way south, to Ushuaia, hopping onto the Russian research ship Akademik Ioffe, for a 13 day voyage of discovery with One Ocean Expeditions, to the coldest, driest, and windiest continent in the world – Antarctica! Up close views of penguins nuzzling their cute and fuzzy chicks, drowsy sea lions, enormous breaching whales, diverse bird life, and of course the stunningly beautiful, icy landscapes - made for an exciting odyssey.

An extended 2012 excursion to France, saw Frederic and his new fiancée Josée, touring its alluring Renaissance treasures, from the Château de Versailles near Paris, to castles dotting the Loire River valley, where the Kings and Queens of France came to romp! The incredible medieval festival in Dinan, and the austere abbey of Mount St Michel in Brittany, were the pièce de résistance!

The summer of 2011 saw Frederic exploring the HOT glacial paradise of Iceland, photographing cute puffins and majestic birds in the West Fjords, scaling huge glaciers on the Vantnajokul ice cap, then studying steaming, desolate, puffing volcanoes, as a volunteer with scientists and volcanologists from the Earthwatch Institute.

In 2009, a second pilgrimage to the Czech Republic, saw him photographing elegant Prague, trekking in the Sumava Mountains along the old and divisive Iron Curtain, then peering into majestic castles, châteaus, and underground caverns in the surrounding countryside, of this distinctive and enchanting country.

Siberia, the Russian Far East and Mongolia enticed Frederic back to Asia, where he traveled by train, bus, jeep and by foot for seven weeks during the summer of 2008. While in Mongolia, he worked once again with biologists and scientist from the Earthwatch Institute, tracking and photographing endangered wildlife and cinereous vultures at the Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, in the Middle Gobi desert.

And a three-week journey to Jordan in 2007 saw him exploring the 2,000 year-old Nabataean ruins of Petra, ancient biblical sites, massive Crusader castles, and a revealing three-day trek through the undulating desert of Wadi Rum, made famous by Lawrence of Arabia.

There are of course many other adventures– too numerous to list here. A coming book and blog with tales from the trails... will reveal all!

National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)––www.nppa.org
Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC)––www.writers.ca
Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA)––www.capacanada.ca

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A few words of thanks…

• To Derrick Hanni, my very talented and long-suffering webmaster at www.dhanni.com; Peter McCabe - pro photographer and mentor, Suzi Smart - my first inspiring webmaster, marketing whiz Dave Farrant, and good friend Lynn Scanzano - who individually with their passionate and valued assistance, brought this site from concept - to reality and fruition.

• To Barbara Deans, photographer extraordinaire and Fellow of the Montreal Camera Club, whose referral and kind words started me on the slide show conference and lecture circuit in 2001.

• To John Kobel, retired owner of Imagetech Offset of Montreal, Canada - thank you for your support, technical expertise, and superb quality control on all my work for more than fifteen years - and just for being my friend!

And to my parent's Elsa and Henry, very artistic and inspirational in their own way - Thank You! for your love, devotion, and support through the years. I dedicate this site to you!

Dad the Joker!
Henry & Elsa


Photo credits : Top - Michel Guzzi, Montreal;
Center - Dave Thomas, England

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