My background as a photographer
Music and the visual arts have been a passion of mine for about as long as I can remember. My dad was a painter and he gave me a few lessons when I was very young. I also started playing musical instruments when I was 5 and played the piano through college and graduate school.
My interest in photography took off in high school and college. I shot all kinds of cameras from 35mm both pre-SLR and SLR and even 4X5. I did my own black and white processing in a darkroom in the garage and devoured Ansel Adams’ and Edward Weston’s writings on the Zone System.
I resisted the digital revolution for several years but finally made the switch in about 2002 and haven’t picked up a film camera since. My development as a fine art photographer took a giant leap when I started attending workshops, the first in 2006 with Alain and Natalie Briot.
Nature is the predominant theme in my works although I photograph anything that stirs me. I love being in exquisite places at times when the splendor of our beautiful earth is at its most spectacular. My favorite time of day to shoot is dawn. I tend to focus a bit more on the intimate details of nature but am also dazzled by grand landscapes. In my work I strive for a special quality with many people commenting they look more like paintings than photographs.
My personal code of photographic ‘ethics’
First of all, let me say that I fully embrace the digital world of photography and the creativity it makes possible. I eagerly embrace any tool or technique, digital or otherwise, that can contribute to achieving my artistic vision. I will enhance images so that they are hopefully expressive works of art that speak to people. I will never fabricate images by adding elements such as ‘wildflowers,’ clouds or other features that were not in the original scene. I do, however, reserve the right to remove minor elements from an image such as misplaced blades of grass or twigs that do not contribute to or, worse yet, detract from the composition. My goal is to produce beautiful works of art for a world that is in such desperate need of beauty.