An otter slips out of sight as I lower my tripod onto the bank of the Wilson river. A blue heron skims in low above the water and alights on the opposite shore, instantly motionless.
After snapping a shot or two, I straighten, take a slow, deep breath, and pause while the environment around me takes hold of my being. For the next few hours, it reveals one remarkable image after another. All I have to do is watch.
Moments like these and places like this are becoming more and more rare. I am deeply grateful to have the opportunity to share them with you in my photography.
I communicate and share through photography; and when I’m struck by the beauty of a subject, I try to bundle the wonder, awe, and gratitude I feel into the image I produce. If I’m successful, you and I can share the moment.
This is what fine art photography means to me. I make a conscious effort to control every aspect of the image so it conveys information and feeling at every level possible. I’m not inclined to try to create something new; rather, I’m inspired to convey the richness and depth of the existing wonders I experience.
My botanical photos exemplify this most clearly. Each image is a portrait that conveys the character of my subject; and by photographing my subjects where they grow, I’m more likely to convey their vital connection to the earth.
As you view my photos, I hope you’ll see what I see and feel what I feel. You’ll know when that happens, because you’ll think, "I want to go there!"
Please do go there; but the journey involves more than traveling. To go where I go and see what I see, you’ll need to open your heart and mind to the beauty; and you’ll need to linger. Linger long enough for the environment to work its magic; but linger quietly and gently. These places are so rare and fragile...
In at nutshell:
I’m semi-retired as a software engineer, ramping up as a photographer.