Down the rabbit hole – that pretty much describes my path into photography. Sitting in the midst of the smouldering wreckage of a PhD program in ancient history, I picked up a camera and said, “How do I do this?” And so it went on from there.
Sure, I’d studied photography a bit in school; back then, it had been secondary to oil painting and the Romanticism and Impressionism to which I had gravitated. The subjects then, as now, were dominated by landscape and nature. In migrating to photography, the nature and rhythm of my work changed. Instead of trying to work quickly to capture a scene, I now work slowly; the long exposure has superseded the quick brush stroke in creating impressionistic images. In doing so, I am able to spend longer taking in the scene and its sounds and smells, observing the changing light rather than trying to fight against it.
Originally from New Jersey, I eventually settled in Port Hope, Ontario. Here, I shoot primarily what is in my environment – the shore of Lake Ontario, and the fields, forests, and hills of Northumberland County. I still read up on history, and photograph its physical remains when he have the chance in my travels.
I am an artist who specializes in the fine art photography landscapes, nature, and architecture. Much of my work features the contrast between the static and the ephemeral, between the monumental immovability of stone or structure and the ever-changing chaos of water and sky. In the pursuit of this contrast, the geometric principles of architecture hold as much interest for me as the rough forms of the natural world.
Where once I painted, now I take photographs. The change in medium has dramatically changed the nature and rhythm of my work. Instead of working quickly to capture a scene, now I work slowly; long exposure has superseded quick brush-strokes to create impressionistic effects. And in working slowly, I feel I am better able to take in the sounds and the smells of a place, and I can work with the changing light rather than fighting against it. In working slowly, I try to convey the sense of being at peace within a frenzied world, of being unaffected by the surrounding surging elements and of being beyond the swift passage of time.
While my medium of choice is photography, I do not seek to merely record the world before me. The negative is merely a starting point for crafting an image. I do as much as I can to create a good negative in-camera, often nowadays with optical filters. Then I work on the image in with various tools in digital post-processing to make a visually and, I hope, emotionally compelling image. As I have progressed as a photographer, so too have I come to work with increasing intensity on the post-processing of the image.
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