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Cottonwood_Zion.jpgPhotography is a process, It is a journey. It begins, for me, with travels to the canyons, mesas, deserts and hillsides of the American Landscape. Using 4X5 and 8X10 view cameras, modern films and lenses, I seek out the uncommon scenes, the rare moments of light. Returning, with a handful of images, the process continues in the darkroom or on a computer monitor where I continue the 'journey' into the creative, sometimes mysterious work of making the images convey the emotional aspects of what I find in the natural world. Working on a new image may take hours, days, or weeks, until I am satisfied. Sometimes I may work on an image for days, only to finally abandon my efforts because the image does not 'feel right'. I may later return to an image and attempt to redefine it in a different way. Eventually I will travel again in search of new images. I may return many times to the same place, always finding a different light, a different mood, a different feel.

I use many tools available in the photographic processes to create the prints that I desire. To give, I hope, the viewer a glimpse of the beauty and emotion that I feel when I photograph the natural world, the incredible diversity and beauty of Nature's light. Commonly available photographic materials give neither the color quality nor longevity that I want for my images. So, for many years I printed my using the very difficult and elaborate dye transfer process, for it was the one medium that gave me both the color quality and control I wanted. Modern digital processes give the artist tremendous control and a variety of output choices which meet or exceed most of the desirable qualities of the dye transfer process. Lightjet photographic prints actually have better light fade stability than either Cibachrome or Dye transfer and recently developed pigment printing processes far exceed anything previously available in the photographic realm. In addition, the sharpness of these prints is extraordinary.

I believe that only the artist can truly render his vision to the printed medium. There are an infinite number of ways that a single image can be printed. Light and color are both subjective and in spite of the belief that 'the photograph' doesn't lie the truth is that it is rarely an accurate representation of either the color nor the mood that a place expresses. My intentions in printing my images is to create as best I can the beauty and emotional aspects of a given moment and place. Whatever tools or processes or techniques I use is irrelevant. Only the effect the final image has on the viewer is important.

 

Fine Photographic Images of the American Landscape


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