After acquiring a used Petri 35mm camera and access to a dark room in the early 1970’s, I soon developed an ever increasing passion for photography as a means of creative expression. Over the years I have worked with 35mm, 645 and 6x7 medium format, as well as 4x5 large format cameras, developing skills and my photographic style along the way. Now, with the tremendous advances in technology and the digital dark room, I work exclusively with digital SLR capture.
Largely self taught, I was influenced by black and white icons Ansel Adams, Brett Weston and John Sexton, and the color icons Elliot Porter, David Muench and Art Wolfe. Over time I developed a fondness for wide angle perspectives and often use foreground elements to help add a sense of depth to draw the viewer into the image. While having an evolving interest in the western landscapes, I believe the United States overall is blessed with some of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in the world. When I venture out I photograph what moves me, but it is the enjoyment others have in my work that inspires me to continue. Being outdoors and enjoying the intimate details of nature, and being able to capture it in a way that moves viewers in some personal way is very rewarding.
There is something powerfully spiritual and revitalizing about the wilderness which anyone could appreciate, if only they take the time.
Through the use of light and form I strive to connect with our natural environment and attempt to convey the importance of preserving a precious national treasure. Increased awareness leads to increased appreciation and ultimately preservation.