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Birds, flowers, gardens, landscapes, & urban scenes from the Bay Area north to Mendocino County, taken 2010 to 2013. Click on "California" in the menu at the left. Also,
SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON A CONTINUING EXHIBIT.
May to November 2013: An exhibit of scenery in Des Moines, Iowa, at Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen, PC.
Suite 1600, 699 Walnut St. (The Hub), Des Moines
Accessible from the Skywalk
Call the firm prior to viewing, at 515-244-2600.
My Work as a Photographer
My photography emphasizes outdoor scenery, from finest detail to broad vistas. About a third of my work involves fellow humans, often at events, or consciously implies the presence of humans, other than the one operating the camera.Much of my photographic work follows from my personal sense of what is or could be beautiful, and from the underlying view that a sense of beauty is ethically necessary to our lives.
A photograph, in my opinion, strives to capture the everyday and elevate it to the uncommon through the use of subject matter, perspective, lighting, and other elements of photography. A great photo is a bit of visual poetry, establishing connections far beyond the poem, or enriching what is obvious at a glance in a poetic verse.
I prefer to shoot with ambient light and work with its challenges and possibilities. At times the effect borders on the abstract. In any case, I am often aware that every photograph is a lie, because it cannot faithfully reproduce the physical place, the actions, or a photographer's experience. And yet I find photography necessary somehow, perhaps because the power of a story well told is worth the effort.
You enter this portfolio as a participant, with your choices, preferences, and sense of style. I am always present in each photo, too. We could imagine ourselves in a dialogue about the aesthetic qualities, the meanings evoked, or the technical requirements. Once in a while I put a "self-portrait" on public display - my reflection or shadow, my feet or legs - as a reminder to you and myself of that presence. Yet the appreciation of photography as art is itself an act of creativity. It's there that you find yourself reflected back for your own consideration.
Feel free to look through my portfolio for a sample of my work. I contribute occasionally to a Blog at this site with technical information, photo themes, and my general "philosophy" of photography. If you have any questions, please contact me.