Artist Statement

For me, photography is a form of experiential exploration of the world.

Growing up as a kid, images from newspapers and magazines were my window into the world unseen. From a young age, I understood the power of photography to transform one’s way of seeing the world. As I travel, capturing the singular beauty of a particular landscape, I still think of my images as those illuminating windows that were so instrumental to me as a child.

The camera acts as a travel guide. It takes me from his backyard to the mountaintops and to the coast and sometimes across the sea to other countries. Each outing is a chance to truly experience a place. I spend a good deal of time at each location. It is more than just snapping a nice photo, its getting to know a place on a personal level. I often return to the same spot again and again, seeing new things each time.

My mantra is what can't be experienced can’t be expressed.

Each image is an expression of my emotional connection to the location. I interprets the scene and visualizes compositions through this connection. I capture not only the objects that make up the scene, a cluster of trees, a waterfall, a ray of light but try to evoke an emotion in the viewer. Perhaps the the viewer can feel the environment of the photograph surrounding them.

My subjects range from a single plant to the rugged coastlines of the Pacific to majestic the Appalachian Mountains. My newest muse is Southwest US, especially the Colorado Plateau of Colorado and Utah.

Once in the field, I let inspiration be my guide. I feel too much pre-planning stifles vision and experimentation. Once back from the field, I spend considerable time with my images, carefully selecting which ones to print. This is an organic process, one that has grown more intuitive over time now that each photograph is snapped after careful deliberation and thought as opposed to chance.

I continue to expand upon my body of work, traveling to places, new and familiar, every chance I get, bringing the great wide world ever closer. For more information on my work, to order prints, or to just say hello, please get in touch.

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