I have been a photographer for a long time. I was in the 7th or 8th grade when I got my first 35mm camera and about the same time I got an 8mm movie camera. I took a darkroom class in my sophomore year in high school and have been in love with photography ever since. The magic of seeing that image appear in the developer was such an act of creation.
I have done a significant amount of commercial work, both in photography and video. The commercial work at times has interfered with my artistic voice. But it allowed me to become technically proficient so I could get the best technical image and not have to think about the equipment. Seeing and then creating what you saw is a skill that may be a natural talent, but even those with what I call Photographic sight have to hone that skill. I see nature and things that mankind build as my “art in the world” place, I don’t image people.
I read what the students of photography have to say and perhaps more importantly look at many, many photographs. I can describe what technically a good image is, but more so I feel it. I don’t care if the image is a documentary image or a manipulated on, I care about how it makes me feel. That is the criteria that I use to judge my own images and images of others.
I photograph to have the final image emote something within a person. I intend my images to have a form of shape, color, and feeling that hold your gaze and trigger a memory or stir an emotion within. Humans are a visual species and I strive to create images that have strong shapes and colors. I often produce two images, one which would be considered a photograph and others that would be considered Digital Art. I find that both types of images can produce the kind of emotional connection that I want in my art.
I hope that my art elicits the same feeling in you when you view it.