My vocation as a photographer began at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. There I practiced black and white photography, and experimented in the darkroom. Twenty years later I took up color photography, which is what I now practice the most. I use primarily Nikon professional cameras and lenses. I use a light hand in post-processing with Adobe Lightroom. I do not subscribe to the philosophy of overworking an image: I like to let the world present itself to my camera as I find it, not to overly manipulate it. As such, even though I engage in experimentation with respect to composition and perspective in the field, I do not significantly alter the original image at home in front of my computer. In this way I consider myself a descendant of the High Modernist movement of mid-20th century photography, with an emphasis on documenting the world in its hard realism, highlighting deep contrast, emotion, surprise, illumination, and critical thinking inherent in an image that speaks for itself.
My subject matter varies: I am drawn to the study of nature, and often seek out patterns, lines, structure, texture, hue, and contrast in abstraction. The beauty, grandeur, and complexity of life on this planet enthrall me. From the grand vistas of the Rocky Mountains to the rocky coastline of Maine, I have been captivated by the majesty of nature. I am as riveted by a small detail as I am by a sweeping landscape.
My love for photography extends also to humanity and what it has created. In addition to traveling extensively in the United States and Canada, I have spent time in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. On these journeys I aim to capture the essence of a place, which can occur in the smile of a novice monk on the Tibetan Plateau; or in the art and architecture of an ancient civilization, such as when the Cambodian jungle overtakes the Angkor complex, or when the sun warms the top of a 400-year old “skyscraper” in Sana’a, Yemen. Wherever I let my camera take me, it’s the magic of “writing with light” that I continue to explore.
I hope one or more of these images speaks to you.