My photography practice explores the natural world through an imperfect lens. The work explores the idea that there is beauty in the ordinary or unconventional. I usually eschew the grand, impactful scenes typically found in traditional landscape photography as I find them too “easy”; odd, quirky, or commonplace subjects are far more interesting. Fog, mist, low-angled light: these atmospheric conditions are far more vital to a successful image than an iconic view. I frequently enjoy converting images to monochrome in order to tease out a sense of clarity from messy, complex, chaotic scenes; nature, after all, is rarely clean and tidy. But even when using color, my photos are often muted or desaturated in order to convey a sense of stillness and reflection. In the field I work instinctually with the camera; I rarely pre-visualize my photos. Creating an impactful photograph out of an unremarkable view is extremely challenging, and it often requires much work in post-production in order to achieve my goals. I can spend anywhere from a few hours to weeks (or even months) working on a single photo until it says what I feel.
All of my imagery originates digitally, but the ultimate goal is always the print. The print is paramount. It is an integral part of my process. I create 8”x10” proof prints, on fine-art archival paper, throughout the creative processing phase to judge the final impact. On-screen representation of an image is never enough. It often takes several round trips through the digital processing/printing process in order to achieve an image and print that satisfies my artistic vision.
I hope that my work successfully conveys the idea that the ordinary can be extraordinary; we only need to be still and aware to find beauty and wisdom all around us.