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I am a contemporary photographer. Nature figures greatly in my work. I am often stunned by the beauty nature shares with us. As a nature photographer, I spend a lot of time working to capture that exquisite fractional second of time in a way that communicates the awe, the detail, the palette of a natural moment. Nature's awesomeness can be found in the smallest plant growing in the crack of a sidewalk to the big skies of the most remote locations - including space - every place on our planet. Try as one might, nature can't be avoided and is a necessary ingredient in our lives. My artistic efforts are aimed at making large-format, abstract and realistic images that evoke a sense of well-being to the person experiencing them. Expressed a dimensional way, my goal is to produce window-size, or larger, images, that make the viewer experience the benefits of nature while feeling better, feeling calmer, feeling they have benefited by the experience.
I really like abstract and minimalist photography. I enjoy working with everyday objects to give them a different look, a view not necessarily expected or anticipated. I also look for ways that people have harmonized with nature or when nature has morphed man-made structures to make them different in a more aesthetically pleasing, and sometimes challenging, way.
Photography stimulates me to push my creativity through my medium of choice, the camera. Using modern cameras is an exciting exercise in understanding the intersection of technology with the nuances of using light to create art. Photography is a matching of human and machine in a way that outputs a product for the interest and pleasure of others. My work follows a path that is formed by my life experiences. I work hard to stay open-minded and receptive to boost my creativity.
I grew up in Northern Maine, in a mill-town at the terminus of the Appalachian Trail. It seemed like every day was another outdoor adventure. I started creating photos in the 1980s with formal training and extensive darkroom experience. I’ve been a photojournalist and a photo editor but went on to make my living in the advertising world. Selling the space for it – not creating it. The profession taught me how to listen to lots of different kinds of people, learn about their needs – personal and professional – and how to conduct myself with honesty and integrity. In addition, I learned a great deal about countless businesses, industries, cultures and countries where I worked. I was blessed to be an early player in the Internet media space. I had great mentors and colleagues, many of whom remain friends to this day. But I always missed the creativity and the ability to express myself with photography.
I traveled the world for business and too many times, didn’t have a camera when I wished I had. That was before everybody had phones with cameras built in. I was fortunate to receive my art education from my parents, college classes and by spending time at the finest museums in the world's greatest cities. Working and living in New York City for many years exposed me to art in countless ways. I was also gifted with incredible imagery while looking out the windows of skyscrapers, taxis, subways, trains and, yes, way too many airplanes. I often reflect on these countless moments – like being at 35,000 feet flying over the Rocky Mountains while green pillars of the Aurora Borealis danced 360 degrees around my flight. Or when I was photographing in South Africa, and a bunch of hungry boys asked if I had any food. Any one of my cameras could have fed them for a year but they were so happy to have my fresh apples and share their smiles! Or being on an eastern beach at sunrise when the September sun crept over the foggy horizon and created golden light circles and beaming rays that were blown away by a chilly onshore breeze. Stunning!
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I must have several terabytes in my head of pictures, stories, events, people and places that will never see reproduction – I’ve been told a terabyte is about 75 million pages – okay, so maybe I exaggerate, I was a sales guy once after all. Regardless of how many pages are in there, I’m comfortable with it because each mental byte impacts and contributes to my photographic work. They add to my ability to see and create the next image. It is a process I thoroughly enjoy. Our world is a place full of infinite colors and shapes mixed together with light and shadow. I strive to perceive and respect each artistic moment in its own right and I hope you can see this in my images.
I make fine art photographs because there is something inside me that wants to get out and be shared. I have a desire to express my feelings and to create something of value that can also be shared by others. It’s a type of therapy and wellness for me. Much appreciation and thanks to my soul mate, who happens to be incredibly loving and supportive, for encouraging my feelings and helping me along this journey. It wouldn't be as joyful without her...
...and I photograph for the pure joy it.
Thank you for touring my gallery. Thank you for visiting. Please don’t be a stranger! I’m happy to discuss any of my images with you or opportunities for shoots or commissioned projects.
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