Photography represents for me the confluence of art and science. Artistically, it requires a heightened awareness of my surroundings — of the colors, shapes, textures and lighting of my environment from the seemingly ordinary subject to the extraordinary of nature in action.
Scientifically, it challenges me in multiple ways from understanding the individual performance of cameras, to the optimization of my equipment, to the subtleties involved in developing and printing images to my artistic satisfaction. The combination of art and science leads to the creation of memorable, enduring images.
My artistic vision and photographic style is something that is continually evolving. My favorite subjects are country landscapes, nature close-ups, interesting architectural details and abstracts. When composing, I look for distinctive shapes, unique textures and intriguing juxtapositions of color.
My photographic style is often described as “painterly” which isn’t surprising to me if you consider that I draw inspiration from a number of different art forms such as traditional Japanese block prints, to 1930s-era advertising posters, to painters like Georgia O’Keefe.
In recent years I’ve become fascinated with the idea of blurring the line between the look of traditional photographic realism and the look of other fine art mediums. I’ve been exploring making very creative images of unique subjects often overlooked. I love the idea of taking a straight photograph, without the aid of computer manipulation, and making it look like a watercolor, painted silk, or embroidery, just by the way I photograph it.
Depending on the characteristics of the image, I print my artwork on photographic paper, fine art paper, canvas, metal or wood using only archival methods & materials for lasting beauty. I also enjoy expanding the context of my artwork to include the artwork’s presentation. For example, I like to use a combination of mat and frame color, texture and finish to enhance the beauty of my images, complementing and completing each piece of art and making it more than just a beautiful image.
Ultimately, I feel that my most successful photographs are those that are not just technically good, but those that capture a moment of beauty or drama, images that evoke an emotional response in the viewer.