Francis A. Willey (born July 21st, 1969) is a Canadian self taught, traditional 35mm film photographer.
He believes that a deeper compassion culture can be met through the arts. As an outsider artist, he has always been questing and seeking refuge in a higher beauty.
Bridging diverse cultures, conspicuously capturing the spirit of the storytelling in the eyes of his subjects
"we are soulful and all have a unique and wise voice to share".
His goal is to inspire those to aspire to look more carefully with mindfulness to unravel the mysterious aspects of this life and to discover oneself in the arts.
To celebrate the gifts we are given and strive more eloquently,
between the darkness and light.
On February 15th, 2011, he lost a tremendous amount to a tragic house fire destroying his home and his art and photographic negatives. The flames took his 35mm film camera, darkroom, typewriter and poetry and his worldly possessions. The greatest loss from the fire was his cat Poem. Some of the images in these galleries are what remained from the devastation of that day. Now new art rises from the ashes.
Exhibiting in NYC, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris and Italy, his photographs are in the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and have been included in the National Gallery of London archives. One of his photographic books Ghost was awarded the 3rd place prize at the PX3 in Paris for Fine Art Book.
His iconic image Blindness has had a political and social reverberation, through deliberate appropriation in a multitude of cultures, countries and religions worldwide.
His work has been exhibited, published and awarded internationally.