While photography is widely acknowledged as a documentary medium, and some even claim that its documentary aspect is the essence of its nature, there is no question for me that the true magic of photography lays in its expressive potential. I don't pick up a camera to record events and facts. I do it to expose feelings, examine subtleties, savor beauty, feed my curiosity, explore what if ....
I'm an advanced student of image making who hopes to never stop learning, and a long-time photographer who enjoys sharing my work and my experience with others. The central focus of my work is on emotive portraiture, artistic nude and figure compositions, and conceptual nudes, but the scope of my work also includes, nature and landscape, still life, and digitally enhanced creative portraits.
For me, a photograph isn't finished until I can hold it in my hands - it has to be printed. That may suggest I'm hung up on printing processes but, while process is certainly worth a lot of attention, my work is ultimately about the image, not the process. I use both film and digital cameras. I process images with a computer and in a wet darkroom. I print with high-end inkjet printers, with traditional silver gelatin paper, and with alternative processes. And I mix them all up. If the path to the image I want to produce starts photoelectrically and ends photochemically, or vice versa, that's OK with me. My conception of my art doesn't manifest in specific media, methods, or traditions, but in producing the image I envision using what ever tools it takes to get there.
And I stubbornly insist on doing it all myself. Nothing brings me to dismay more quickly than someone telling me "There's an app that could make that look for you," or "You could hire someone to do that part for you." While there are some things (like developing C-41 film) that I must hire out, if I turned over control of any part of making an image to someone else when I could have done it myself then it's not really my own work in my own heart. And then what's the point?
Please enjoy your visit, and feel free to e-mail me if you have questions.