Artist Statement

I am a photographer. I am a landscape photographer. I am a street photographer. I am an event photographer. I am a people photographer. I am a person with a box in my hand that allows a selected amount of light contact a surface that will retain an image of that reflected light. Selecting the amount of light and the surface that it will contact determines whether or not I am making a beautiful photograph.

I make photographs because I want to be able to see a scene again. My eyes roam over a scene and as they are roaming record the scene in my brain. That scene is quickly replaced with the next one as my eyes continue roaming. At any one time, my eyes only see a relatively small part of the scene clearly, however, the photograph I make of the scene is a complete image of what was in front of me at one instant in time. The photographs I make allow me to revisit the beauty of what I was looking at as a complete image, after it is long gone.

I only make color photographs. We live in a world full of color and it is color that allows us to see the wide range of native emotion and beauty in our environment. Color is the third dimension in seeing that allows me to reproduce as full a complexity of that scene as possible in a two-dimensional photograph. When the photograph is near-perfect, colors add and enhance the visual experience–observers not only see and relate to the image but can also vividly feel the scene, hear the sounds, smell and taste the environment. My goal, extremely elusive, is to provide that experience with every image every photograph.

Although I began my photographic journey using film, it is in the last half decade that I have moved exclusively to using digital electronic sensors to record my images. I find in today’s world, digital technology allows me to make better photographs. Although I use digital editing software on all my photographs, I only use it to do those things one would regularly have done in a darkroom; that is, make slight corrections in exposure, remove dust and scratches, and do some color corrections to adjust the images to my best recollection of the scene.

Normally, I do little else to the image, I very rarely will remove an object from a scene and only in specific, obvious situations will I add an object into a photograph. Having said that, you will see, in the Gallery called Color Morphed, images whose color is greatly modified. These images are no longer images of photographs but are multimedia presentations of scenes; the media being the camera and the computer. For more on that, and other things such as black and white photography, fine art photography and other thoughts on photography see my future discussions which will be listed under “Writings”.