There is something magical about the ways sunlight effects the senses of humans and plants; how leaves and branches instinctively turn sunward or how humans react to the golden light of a day’s beginning or end. It is fascinating to imagine what plants and trees might experience as their sense organs record this information. What does a plant sense with the first rays of light in the morning or the last at night? What does touch feel like to a plant? What does rain, wind or even thunder feel like? Contemplating the answers to these questions guided the image making for this series. The images are not what human eyes actually see. By using the expressive capabilities of an analog 4x5 view camera, the landscape is shown in ways that offer an alternate reality, a possible plant reality. Urging viewers to contemplate on this mystery, images are intended to turn minds and eyes inward with isolated in-focus areas of singular plant and tree moments; moments of being and becoming; moments guided by the forces of nature and particularly, life-giving light. This project was photographed during mornings and late afternoons in Governor’s Park, Tallahassee, Florida.
Our Relationship with the Green Part One: The Caribbean
While working and living on cruise ships this Part One, of the Our Relationship with the Green series was made. Shot mostly along roads and beaches, in the Southern Caribbean and during mid-day light, two motivations drove me. First, noticing and capturing trees and greenery when shapes became visually lined up in such ways that created strong isolated tree portraits and/or interesting interactions with human-made objects. And second, while the visual presence of these mostly green subjects guided my visual pleasure centers, there was also an interest in showing how greenery in our urban environments creates a sense of place; like a calming backdrop or presence that is more often felt than thought about. Trees and green spaces definitely add to our well being and it is a goal of this project to bring a little bit of that indoors.
Chasing the Light, Summer in San Marco 2011
During summer break after my first semester in graduate school, I had an opportunity to vacation for a few months in the same neighborhood I first started photographing in as a teen. The result was a fine art book project. Below is an excerpt from its introduction. There are two ways to view this project: either in its original book form as a PDF – recommended – or as separate select images in normal gallery view.
Chasing the Light, Summer In San Marco is a fine art photography book on the riverside community of San Marco, Florida. This collection of images is also a rediscovery of the same neighborhood that 30 years earlier helped fuel my love for photography.
The original idea for this project happened by chance. After my first semester of graduate school (MFA in Photography) I had the opportunity to condo-sit in the same neighborhood where I spent my teen years (age 13-19). This opportunity afforded me the time to shoot whatever I wanted for three months. It was as if the project presented itself. I knew that simply wandering and photographing this place was going to be a big part of my summer, so I decided to organize a project around it. As I now prepare to publish my first Blurb book, almost two years later, it is evident to me that this was a magical time. A time that excited my senses and made me feel alive.
The intent for this project is twofold. First as a project of self-discovery and second as a nostalgic document of San Marco from an earlier time. As a project of self-discovery....
Busking Through, The Photography of Street Performers
This project was an outgrowth of a documentary project I started while at school in San Francisco and reflects the busker scenes there. Later, I included buskers from several European – mostly Baltic – cities where my ship contracts sent me. These images were shot in the spring, summer and autumn of 2012. Part documentary, part street photography, and part creative portraiture, goals were to make a dignified portrait of each performer and create compositions that kind of featured or isolated each performer in their unique location. The project taught me about street life, the human spirit and the worth of a successful performance talent.
There are two ways to view this project. First, ckicking on any image and opening the gallery-view or viewing the orginal web offering published earlier.