inspiration in the common and overlooked

August 02, 2019  in  About my art & Nature and the environment       Related posts:  

My abstract photographs explore our personal relationship with the natural world we experience everyday. I find my inspiration in common and overlooked scraps of nature, like this fallen leaf. They are a part of our environment we usually ignore, or at best consider a nuisance. Yet the more time I spend with each leaf, the more I discover and learn. I am amazed how something so small and humble, that we so easily take for granted, can actually have so much to say.

Persistent – an abstract photograph of a fallen leaf.

finding an ocean in a patch of ice

June 24, 2019  in  About my art       Related posts:  

Ocean Storm - an abstract photograph of melting ice.
Ocean Storm – an abstract photograph of melting ice.

Every year, there is one or two precious days were conditions are just right for beautiful ice sculptures to form outside my home. A storm will pile snow and ice on the railing of my deck. Then when the sun breaks out, the ice will transform into fantastic shapes, like the turbulent waves of an ocean storm. I have to work fast, for I usually only have a short time to photograph before it all melts away.

I created this photograph from a small patch of ice that formed outside my home this past winter. Within the turbulent swirls and bubbles, I imagined an ocean being battered by a massive storm.

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April 01, 2019  in  Art as a profession       Related posts:    

When I was a kid, scarcity was part of the music experience. We’d scour used record bins in the backs of stores for quirky or interesting albums. We’d jerry-rig antennas to pick up that one crazy little radio station playing Frank Zappa. We save up our money to buy that one album, then play it again and again and again.

But my kids’ experience with music is different. There is no scarcity. They have access to almost literally every kind of music, instantly. When my son first heard a Hawaiian guitar, he was intrigued and was able to instantly access the entire genre of music. When my daughter posts her videos online, she samples music from across the decades, with no bias.

I am sometimes a little sad that they can’t experience music like I did. But then again, they have things I could only dream about. Money doesn’t severely limit their access. Geography doesn’t severely limit their access. They can experience music as a nearly unlimited resource, and it is fascinating to watch that happen.

As photographers, we used to be able to only take a few exposures, then pray to the darkroom gods that they came out. We took extreme care with each frame — not because we wanted to, but because we had no choice. Whereas now, we can quickly take hundreds, thousands of shots, and the darkroom gods live in a little rectangle we carry in our pocket. It’s a different relationship to photography. But it is fascinating and wonderful to experience.

Celebrating the end of winter

April 01, 2019  in  About my art       Related posts:  

In the middle of winter, I bought my daughter some gerbera daisies to brighten up her room. But once they started to wilt, I stashed them into my studio to watch and study. I find flowers much more interesting when they are fading. The bright and bold blooms get a little more humility as they wilt, and a lot more character. I probably should have gotten rid of them weeks ago, but I find that the longer they dry, the more fascinating they become.

Cold dense energy

March 26, 2019  in  About my art       Related posts:  

It’s a little funny, thinking so much about ice — and its cold dense energy — while the weather outside warms and softens.