Artist's Statement

I have used a camera for as long as I can remember. It was used for fun, travel and as a tool when I was doing fine art and scientific illustration. Eventually, I switched to photography as my primary medium but with my art background, I found that rather than concentrating on traditional photography, I wanted to create photographic art.

With the advent of the digital camera came a new aesthetic awareness for me. With it, I was able to shoot, correct and print my work faster than I ever could before which is necessary for the way that I work. I loved the immediacy of it all.

My work is done in my studio with objects that I have accumulated over the years, including 40-year-old material left over from my brotherís light sculptures. The use of color and how colors play off each other is very important. My setups are quite extensive and rather tricky but the challenge to produce a fascinating photograph is very rewarding and a lot of fun. The distortions and abstractions are done in the setup BEFORE the image is in the camera, so I use Photoshop only for color correction or editing. ( An exception to this is when I create "panoramic" sizes.) The images are printed on archival art papers with archival inks (unless otherwise stated). I do my own printing and each print is run individually, not as a batch. Each print is numbered and signed.

This fascinating world of photography has become my passion and I hope that you will enjoy seeing photography in a new light.


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