Neil Gunner publishes photojournalism roller derby book: Into Battle

Photographer Neil Gunner has just released his book Into Battle: The Roller Derby Experience in Photos and InterviewsI've had the privilege of working with Neil these last few seasons while shooting for Toronto Roller Derby at The Bunker, Downsview Park. Into Battle has been a long term project of his that reflects both his style of photography and his approach to story telling.

At over 200 pages of photos and interviews, Neil has presented an in-depth look at what fuels the passion of so many athletes who make Roller Derby such a fascinating sport to watch. 

The Derby Nerd, a Toronto based writer and massive fan of Roller Derby, has published an in-depth review of Neil's book on his blog.

Into Battle: The Roller Derby Experience in Photos and Interviews is available to purchase online or at Toronto Roller Derby matches. It is a perfect gift for any sports lover.


For many years I've used Flickr to post and share images. After finding a fair number of flickr images being embedded within a website promoting porn, I'm going to remove any images that aren't Roller Derby or Comic Conventions.

I'll continue posting images for Roller Derby, but I'll be posting those same images to Facebook via my page.

As for other images, they'll all be posted here, with the odd posting to Facebook or Instagram for promotional purposes. While I still like Flickr, the lack of integration with other sites is a problem for me at this time.

9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards

Earlier this year I took part in a photography workshop hosted by Alan of Beauty, Fashion, and Glamour Photography featuring Jemma. I managed to capture several fantastic images, but one of my favorites was this one.

I entered the image into a black & white image contest into the Black & White Spider Awards. Earlier this month I was notified that I was a nominee in the Fine Art category. 

The full press release is below.



LOS ANGELES (2014.10.25) - Amateur photographer Paul DeVisser of Canada was presented with the 9th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee in the category of Fine Art at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The live online gala was attended by photography fans around the globe who logged on to see the climax of the industry's most important event for black and white photography.

The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from The Royal Photographic Society, FoMu Fotomuseum, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Torch Gallery, Stockholm City Museum to Fratelli Alinari in Florence who honored Spider Fellows with 298 coveted title awards and 957 nominees in 14 categories.

"It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 8,508 entries from 73 countries that we received this year," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Paul DeVisser's "Ballerina" an exceptional image entered in the Fine Art category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present him with the title of Nominee."

You can view the 9th Annual Winners Gallery at

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography.

Dark Side Studio presents Spontaneous Order II - Gala Show

On Saturday, Sept 13th, The Dark Side Studio hosted the Gala Show for Spontaneous Order II, a workshop where a group of dancers gather to create and learn a choreography over 3 days. This intensive workshop produces a eclectic dance number that is the result of collaboration among differing minds and dance styles. 

Sahra DeRoy & Victoria Dances

Sahra DeRoy & Victoria Dances

The evening featured some solo performances from participants in the workshop as well as the Lavish student troupe and some special guests. Audra Simmons and Heather Labonté also delighted us with a duet. 

Images have been shared to Facebook in addition to a gallery on this site.



Light & Ink

I'm a member of several meetup groups dedicated to photography, some of which put on workshops. The other night I attended a workshop on Light & Ink Master Lighting Class, hosted by PRO Photo Studio Workshops. Workshops such as these are a great way to learn and push your knowledge of studio light setups. You also gain valuable experience interacting with a model to work towards getting the best images possible.

The model for Light & Ink Master Lighting Class was Theresa Manchester. She was simply wonderful to work with, I cannot recommend her highly enough. Very professional, intuitive, 

We worked through some different light setups with a mix of low-key and high-key thrown in.

model: Theresa Manchester

model: Theresa Manchester

A typical low-key setup using a soft box on the near right, with two strip on the left/right to add fill along the edges.

Fan Expo 2014

So after 4 days of wandering the halls of the Metro Convention Centre marveling at the exhibits, displays of artwork and the fantastic cosplay, I finally have the time to go through and curate some of the images.

Every convention I attend I am astounded by the creativity, skill and dedication of the cosplayers who attend.

I will be posting an assortment of images in the following locations:

For the Facebook images, feel free to tag yourself and share them about, or use them as your profile pictures.

Morning at the Guild Inn

In the middle of July I took a trip to a location way in the east end of Toronto that not a lot of people seem to have ever visited, The Guild Inn. It is a wonderful bit of Toronto history located near Kingston Road and Eglington Ave E. This was an opportunity to take capture some early morning images with a very gothic feel.

The morning started nicely with some clouds and even a bit of drizzle to keep away the harsh light of the sun. That was short-lived as all too soon the sun punched through the clouds and added some harsh light.

A bit of processing and we got a nice assortment of dark and mysterious images from a secluded park filled with ruins and statues.

Selected images can be found here.