About

Steve McCullough is a researcher, writer, and photographer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He has a doctorate in literature, life writing, and history; loves working with ideas and information; and has photographed everything from e-commerce products to caribou hunting in Nunavut.

Writing

I've  been a writer since I was about ten years old. In public school, I was part of an enriched writing program in which we wrote and performed a radio play for the CBC. I think it was about bears.

My experience and interests are eclectic. I hold a PhD in English, for which I studied women's Holocaust memoirs. My MA research was on a little-studied Middle English long poem by Chaucer. Before I went into the humanities, I studied physics and did electromagnetic field research. And since finishing graduate school, I have worked as an open-source web programmer and Linux system administrator as well as doing freelance writing, research, and photography.

I sometimes blog about things that interest me.

Photography

I love making photographs that combine geometry and proportion of composition with human context and emotional meaning. My photographic idols are masters of this, and include Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Nan Goldin, Lee Friedlander, Galen Rowell and many more.

My first serious interest in photography was spurred by shooting landscapes and urban design / architecture, but in more recent years I have been deepening my engagement with portraiture and event photography.

With the exception of product photography -- where the goal is pleasing, descriptive accuracy -- I consider photography to be an art of revealing relationships: between elements in the frame, between light and shadow, between the image and the viewer.

Life

When I'm not writing nor taking pictures, I'm usually building websites. In my off time, I try to get as far away from computers as possible: I'm an avid outdoorsman who bikes, hikes, hunts, fishes, and canoes.