Hard to believe it's been over ten years since my first major solo show! It's fun, informative, and occasionally embarrassing to look back and see how I saw (back then). Interestingly, I realize that some of the same themes still run through my work today (the "art"), but that my technical and craft skills (the other two legs of the successful photography) have significantly improved with learning and lots of practice.
The show title was one of my (usual) play on words, "Solo Mojave," from a solitary and focused trip to the Mojave Desert, particularly Death Valley, in the spring after record-setting rains. By hiking and camping off the traditional tourist routes, I was treated to differing perspectives during the 100 year high for desert water and flowers in the .
from the show info...
Semans Gallery October 22 – December 10, 2006
I find photography is a reductionist pursuit – isolating given elements, light and color to convey a message and/or mood. At the same time, I am often drawn to very large, “grand” landscapes that strive to capture moments in time where special light makes an already impressive/inspiring scene particularly magical. Concomitantly, I attempt to find and include elements that, upon further reflection, challenge the viewer – sometimes obviously, sometimes not. Often the challenge may be in the form of something the viewer may not see, but is implied or is a part of the context of the item’s location and/or history. Man’s impact on and/or relationship to nature in such large scales is compelling.
I have been compelled by various art forms from both audience and creator perspectives my entire life. Photography specifically called to me when I was twelve and taught myself to develop black and white images.
From kodalith abstractions and textured sky shots, one strong inclination has been to try and capture scenes in non-obvious ways – transform what many people may pass by without a second glance into a photograph that offers the viewer something a bit more.
While my tools may have evolved from an instamatic to my father’s old Brownie, to my grandfather’s old Pentax through to the top of the line Canon 1DS Mark II with “L” lenses, my passion for light, contra/juxtapositions, and a wide variety of subject matter continues to drive me. Fortunately, my current equipment allows high resolution printing at large sizes (often up- wards of 20”x30”), which can pull and merge the viewer into the scene and emotion.