How it came to be I do not know but something in my being finds nature and its myriad forms and textures absolutely enthralling. The graceful growth of tree branches, the texture of rotting wood, the unpredictable forms of flowing water, the astonishing variety of cloud shapes and the play of light on them all; in these I sense a peculiar and profound beauty. Never knowing exactly where this beauty will turn up but always expecting that it will, I find I am drawn to look. And when I look I see. And when I see I find that I want the whole world to see.
But ultimately, I believe that my photographs are really just a public dialogue between myself and my God. That dialogue has often been a source of great joy and is the core reason my photos exist. As to exactly what is conveyed in that dialogue I must beg your indulgence as I can only describe it as a sense of hope for a time when all of life’s most difficult questions are answered.
As for this set of images; this is my neighborhood of sorts. I live near the western foothills of the Cascade Mountains of Washington State – the Pacific Northwest of the United States. These are the places I visit to do my shooting. Lots of rain, lush forests, and wild rivers. As well as the frequent cloud cover that makes for the soft enveloping light quality that I favor. (Here it’s either raining or just about to.) For the capture I used medium format black and white film which I then digitized.
I learned my craft with the help of the Photographic Center Northwest where, in 1988, I began my studies shortly after acquiring my first manual camera. I completed the normally three year Fine Art Certificate in 1999.
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