Coming This Autumn:

The 2015 Raccoon River Watershed Phenology Calendar

New photos and more information about the biodiversity of the Raccoon River basin of Iowa. The 2014 calendar sold about 550 copies and has received countless accolades. Some have even traveled to neighboring states and as far away as California, Georgia, and London! Watch here for more about availability.

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.
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