Wandering in the wilds, the acts of setting up the camera, composing and creating images are true joys and the opportunity to be out in nature's magnificence is a treat in and of itself. I went on frequent camping trips during college and when I journeyed out on my first backpack into the Sierra Nevada mountains, I was very much smitten with wilderness and remote locales. That love of incredible landscape has only strengthened with the passage of time.
There is a very strong meditative element to making order out of the chaos inherent in nature. Painters have the ability to include whatever they wish in their scenes. Excluding non-essential and distracting elements to create a vibrant, meaningful and moving composition poses the real challenge for the photographer. This act is the heart and soul of photography and something I find extremely contemplative and gratifying.
I primarily shoot large format 4x5 film (sheets of color and B&W film 4 inches by 5 inches). Large format provides unsurpassed print detail and exquisite tonal qualities not achievable in smaller formats. The large format camera is fully manual. This manual process dictates a very measured pace, which I find very well suited to full immersion in the work. I recently added a professional digital camera to my equipment bag, but I use the 4x5 for the vast majority of my work.
I find profound happiness and peace in the outdoors and wild places. With my photography, I strive to capture the essence of my feelings while in these special places. I hope my images help you connect with the beauty of the world we share.
Santa Barbara, CA