My work is inspired by connections to the past, the spiritual relationship that humans have with their landscape, and particularly the objects that humans abandon and leave behind.
I don’t limit subject matter but look for what the image is about and how I respond to it.
Growing up in rural Western Oregon, I spent a lot of time hiking in the surrounding hills, stumbling upon abandoned cabins and other evidence of early farmers and settlers. I observed first-hand the change that people bring to a landscape and the artifacts they leave behind. Living surrounded by nature and close to Native Americans who shared their stories and customs with me, helped forged my connection to the past as well as the present.
After my family moved to the Chicago area, I completed U.S. Army Officer Candidate School and served in Viet Nam in the 1960’s. While overseas, I bought my first camera equipment and received my first photography and darkroom training from an army staff photographer with whom I worked.
I soon realized that more than a tool to document objects or events, photography offered me a way to visually edit an experience and share a personal viewpoint or emotional connection. From that moment on, I was addicted.
Influenced by the work of Japanese printmakers as well as Surrealist painters for the way they use symbolism and disrupt perception, my work reflects a penchant for intimate, timeless simplicity with a nod toward mystery. I usually start with a raw digital color image and convert it to black and white which provides me more freedom to play with texture, tonal contrast, atmosphere, and light.
I continue to enjoy participating in darkroom, digital and alternative printing courses and workshops. My wife Meg and I divide our time between Tucson, Arizona and Portland, Oregon.
Artifacts and Nature
B&W and Color digital photography
Archival pigment prints