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ARTIST'S STATEMENT


Profile
Photography is the second phase of my art career. I entered the artistic world with enthusiasm in a class of soapstone sculpture in 1970, which evolved into clay art and 30 years as a potter, and now am almost 10 years into the fascinating realm of color photography.

My photographs are about Light and Shadow. I use natural light to highlight forms, soften or dramatize line, create space, or to silhouette
an image. Every part of the day offers a different feeling as the light changes from dawn colors to bright welcome warmth and on to the harsher contrasts of midday. The long shadows of evening and the low angle of the sun affect colors in an especially remarkable way. Beauty is in a moment that slips away, repeated uniquely through all time. Patterns in Nature is a theme I love as a former biologist. I seek out the symmetry and tension of forms in the natural world, sometimes from a distance and sometimes in a close and intimate view. Nature’s stories are all around us, of life affecting life in a continuous flow, one form cycling into another in an ever changing array.

A Sense of Place is what I try to convey in my photographs. Wherever I am there is a mood or feeling in the environment that I wish to capture and extend to the viewer. The desert of Death Valley is filled with silence in the dunes at sunrise, space over vast distance, and elemental forces of nature carving the landscape. While I was raised in the city, the time spent on our uncles’ farm in Northeastern Ohio was filled with wonder. We helped collect and boil maple syrup, rode on sleds pulled behind the tractor through the snowy pasture, gathered eggs still warm from the hen, and learned about the family history through objects kept since the settling of the Ohio Reserve. Gardens that bring nature to our cities provide a welcome respite. I am intrigued with the multiple layers of complex patterns, like a pathway to an interior space that draws you in to a quiet center. The wildlife that finds its way to our urban gardens and parklands is a rich resource that we are privileged to experience at home. National Parks and Wildlife or Botanical Reserves are places where we can connect with our larger world in a fundamental way that reminds us of the abundant diversity of life.

Process
Photography has been split between advocates of film and advocates of digital images. Up until the end of 2004 all of my photography was done with a Canon AE-1 using Fuji Velvia 100 slide film. I printed all of my images in a darkroom using Ilfochrome processing. The reasons for resisting digital printing up to this point included problems with resolution, color range, depth of image and expected life span of prints. In short, digital photography was not truly competitive with film - until recently.

There is now equipment that can produce digital images of equal or greater quality to film with a life expectancy for prints between 100 and 200 years. I am using a Nikon D200 SLR digital camera with an Epson 2200 printer, a 7 color archival inkjet process on Premium Glossy Photo Paper. Slides can also be scanned at High Resolution and printed on the Epson. Larger images are Silver-Halide photo prints, made with a Chromira printer.