In the midst of the technical bombardment of emails, cell phone calls and web traffic, coupled with the daily news, automobile congestion and a world in flux, man strives to escape – a change of season. This portfolio evokes a place of simple solitude, quiet and thought provoking, where one can take a geographic cure to discover the tranquility within. My portfolio explores this idealized place, where time stands still, a place strong and silent, alone but not lonely, a place that might be just outside our windows, but hard for most to find. The white season juxtaposes the graceful, natural shapes of winter trees reduced to their basic structure, with the flat, hard light of introspection.
My work draws from diverse influences. I’m inspired by the theatrical world, viewing the hand of man and nature’s landscapes as metaphors for drama, pathos, and emotion. From a painterly perspective, I’m moved by the chiaroscuro of the Renaissance and draw inspiration from the soft pastels and misty light of the impressionists. The work of the American master Edward Hopper speaks to me about the moment and a sense of isolation. In the photographic world, Ernst Hass’ use of color, motion and light is etched into my psyche. Minor White’s perspective that one does not create a great photograph by capturing something simply for “what it is”, but rather “for what else it is” continues to guide me.
In making a photograph I work to capture a moment that reveals itself through an artistic impulse, to allow myself to be touched and to be influenced by what I see, to articulate that experience, and to illuminate it. My photographs reflect who I am and how a subject impacts me. I look through the lens of my camera and close my eyes to see. Playwright Arthur Miller once said he was trying to create a poem from the evidence. And so I go, creating that poem in my own hand through my photographs. My images are captured digitally and printed with archival pigmented inks on archival etching paper.