A photographers strives to capture moments of beauty and magic. Whether photographing people or landscapes the same approach applies. You must place yourself in the moment, be patient, and have faith that something magical will unfold. How elusive such moments are when we are anxious, like the watched teapot or phone that never rings.
Photography is about learning to stand still. give the elements room to breath. Allow events to unfold. Suddenly storm clouds lift, a fiddler reaches crescendo, the child’s face beams with that mischievous smile. You can’t respond to such fleeting moments. They must be anticipated, almost willed into happening. A peaceful mind can play a hand in creating these moments of beauty. Photography presents us with these great moments for learning about life.
Visually I’m attracted to spaces between light and shadows. I love the unpredictable effect of shooting into the sun. If there’s a unifying theme to my work, it’s been in exploring our connections with the environment.
Much of my work has been fueled by a sense of reverence for the natural world and commitment to its conservation. I resonate toward images that depict a peaceful coexistence between humans and nature, those utopian values of sustainability and authenticity. The same can be said for authentic expressions of human culture, in a world all too quickly homogenizing. Photography has a strong role in conservation work by highlighting what stands to be lost.
In the evolution of my photography, I am humbled by how little I actually know. I’ve learned that photography requires a perennial sense of playfulness, finding that childlike fascination for the magic contained within. Occasionally I’m discouraged by how elusive the perfect moment can be. Some moments are even tarnished in the camera’s presence. When so confronted, I’ve learned to simply put away the camera and reconnect myself. A photographer’s life should never amount to a trophy hunt. Some moments are best registered not on film but in the mind and soul.