Len Staples was born and raised in the northern Ontario mining centre of Timmins and developed an early passion and deep respect for the great rivers, lakes, marshes, and rock outcrops that typify the Canadian Shield and Canada’s wilderness. Later, as an air force navigator flying arctic resupply missions, he developed a fascination for the sheer immensity, stark contrasts, and untouched splendour of his country. He embraced photography in an attempt to record the impact and interpret the meaning of Canada’s unique landscape - both natural and man-made.
Len’s work, which includes landscapes, seascapes, florals, and architectural subjects from across Canada, reflects an attention to detail and accuracy gained from several years of training and experience as a successful mechanical and aeronautical engineer. Some of his clients include IBM, Enbridge Gas, Corel Corp., Cirque de Soleil, Williams Communications, Global Knowledge Network, Canada Place Corp., the Library of Parliament, HRD Canada, the Ottawa NAFTA Office, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). Len’s photographic prints are on display in many Canadian embassies, consulates, and official residences including those in London, Paris, Brussels, The Hague, Rome, Berlin, Geneva, Vienna, Madrid, Seoul, Manila, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc.
Len has exhibited in a number of solo and group shows in the Ottawa area. In addition, the Canadian Consulate in Shanghai organized an exhibition of Len’s work in 2003. The Canadian government also chose a number of his architectural images for display at Expo 2010 in Shanghai as part of the theme ‘The Living City: Inclusive, Sustainable and Creative’.