My passion for photography began in the early 1960’s with a Kodak Brownie camera, a small black-and-white darkroom and access to monographs by photographic “heroes” like W. Eugene Smith, Jerry Uelsmann, Eliot Porter, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams and others. Early work in commercial photgraphy led to years in film and television production which, in turn, led to a second career building and running a creative marketing agency. Since retiring in 1998, I’ve devoted myself to learning the tools and techniques of digital image making, printing, mounting and framing.
What is a fine art photograph? To me it is simply a work that originates in a camera, is finished as a print and is intended for permanent display. To succeed as such, of course, someone must also want to display it. This two-step dynamic of intent and appreciation is what all artists engage with in one way or another. Mostly I work at creating images that are intriguing to me, and finding that they appeal to others is icing on the cake.
My creative motivation has evolved along with the tools and skills needed to realize any vision, so what I try to do relates closely to what I know how to do. As my technique becomes more varied and assured, my ability to articulate creative ideas expands. Most photographs begin with an attraction to something visual (seeing), followed by the process of developing that captured vision into a finished image (craft). So every click of the shutter is an experiment, the beginning of a process; you never know for sure what the outcome will be. The camera records a version of what we see, but finished images succeed or fail in the darkroom, whether digital or analog. In my experience there are more disappointments than successes, so enjoying the work and the learning process is paramount.
The images shown here are hand made by me. Each is printed on a lightly-textured fine art paper using a ten-color pigment ink process. The prints are then laminated to a rigid panel and sealed with a clear, archival, UV-filtering polymer so they can be displayed without reflective glass. I cut and join the maple frames and assemble the components to create images that appear to float in space. The greatest compliment is when people ask if my images are paintings.