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Artist Statement

I was avidly involved in photography for many years until I set it aside for more than a decade to pursue other activities. In my return to an intentional camera use I rediscovered an excitement and wonder in picture making that has only increased with time and practice. Since  retiring from a university research position I have been able to reclaim my previous photographic involvement with new freedoms and fresh perspectives.

I sometimes describe myself as a nature photographer because that is the simplest way to explain  what I do. But for me nature includes us also, as in the nature of things. If I emphasize a part of the whole it is to affirm my relationship with what is usually regarded as a separate reality. Photographing affords me a way of exploring my participation in a world that includes all manner of animate and inanimate matter.

For me photography is a way to investigate the limits of awareness and the porosity of the boundary between me and what is other. When the best circumstances prevail with my camera or in post processing I think of the experience as a close encounter. There is a blurring of conventional boundaries and affinity becomes accompanied by expanse. In those moments making photographs is a way to know and share the thrilling discovery that reality is filled with mystery.


In total acceptance, almost everything becomes a revelation.

“Art is the splendor of reality before everything has become meaning.” ~Frederick Sommer

“All a musician  can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.” ~John Coltrane

“We can perceive things at all only because we are entirely a part of the sensible world that we perceive. We might as well say that we are organs of this world, flesh of its flesh, and that the world is perceiving itself through us.” ~David Abram

“Vast and deep, everything and everywhere – the sheer presence of materiality is open to itself through our eyes, aware of itself here in the beginning.” ~David Hinton

“We had our beginnings in the dreams of stars. Over time we had become the thoughts of matter as well as its awareness.” ~Emmet Gowin