ARTIST STATEMENT


I love color. In fact, most of the time, color is the main reason I take photographs. I also value form, structure, lighting and composition, but there is something about seeing nature’s colors the way the camera sees them, even before you take the photo. I have trained myself to see things this way.  We are so used to our natural surroundings that we sometimes neglect to see the beauty in them. I know it sounds cliché, but this conscious mental exercise is also a personal practice of mindfulness, of being in the moment. The specific time during that snapshot has energy, and it is my desire to capture that energy and let my photographs become catalysts of emotions; story tellers of something that is simple yet beautiful. 


I also love to color.  When you see something beautiful in nature, it wows you.  I want my photographs to do the same.  I want them to elicit feelings and thoughts.  To trigger sensations, or provoke a certain consciousness.  In this digital age, anyone can shoot a photo, but not anyone can develop them.  My design experience allows me to express my uniqueness and my abilities as an artist using photography as a medium. Most photographers evade altering photos. I am not one of them.  I am not afraid of color or to color.  (Inversely, I also take away color, muting my photographs or turning them into black and white for artistic license).  I am not ashamed to admit I enhance my photos - and it is by no means to misrepresent, but to affirm and exercise my creative skills.  Ansel Adams once said, “The negative is the score, the print is the performance.” If I want an expressive print - or for this case a digital photograph, I need to work on my ‘negatives’ to achieve that.  This does not mean my ability as a photographer is reliant on my design or post-production skills. They are in fact, very distinct from one another.  Being that photography is a very technical form of art, applying technique to it - both during and in developing - makes this once esoteric art more personal to me.

 

I work with a digital SLR, a EOS Canon 50D with a Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS as a primary lens. My back up is a EOS Canon 300D with a ultra wide angle Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, along with a Quantaray High Speed 70-300mm f/4-5.6 telephoto zoom lens.


I specialize in nature photography, with particular interest in panoramic landscapes, and night / low-light photography.  I have done headshots for people and I find the social interaction fascinating.  This is a developing interest of mine that I would like to pursue. 


Photoshop is my digital dark room.

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IN THIS MODERN AGE WE OFTEN LIVE IN THE 'FORWARD' TIME. OUR THOUGHTS ARE CONSTANTLY FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE: WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO, WHAT TIME TO DO IT.  THIS WAY OF LIVING REMOVES US OUT OF THE NOW

THE PRESENT TIME - THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL TIME - IS FORGOTTEN. 

IT IS A CHALLENGE FOR THE NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER TO NOT ONLY FOCUS ON GETTING THE RIGHT SHOT BUT ALSO ‘BE THERE’ TO ENJOY IT.  IF I CAN DO BOTH THEN I HAVE ACHIEVED MY GOAL, AND EVEN HAVE A REMEMBRANCE ON BOTH A VISUAL AND VISCERAL LEVEL.

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