I'm interested in decay, breakdown, and the possibility of transformation, as well as what's hidden, lost, or overlooked. Initially, much of my photography involved looking at those qualities in the natural world, and most of it still does, but over time the focus has expanded to other areas of erosion, loss, and injury as well. In common to all the work is a strong belief in the old idea that the image has to be in the camera. I use no filters in making my photos. The colors and tones revealed in them are the colors and tones in the moments the photos were taken, or at least how the camera's sensor recorded them. I also do as little as possible in processing the images afterwards: Almost no retouching -- usually just changing the exposure a bit -- and no adjustment of tone or color. I'm more interested in what the world can reveal to me than what I can do to it.
My work so far consists primarily of six series: Last Woods, which looks at the process of breakdown in the larger environment, the forests and wooded areas of the Northeastern U.S. Taken during extended, often day long, walks, the series brings attention to the intimate micro-changes at ground level, the decay of leaves and other ground cover, which echo and reflect greater transformations resulting from climate change. The photos of de-composition go in a different direction, examining changes in common flowering houseplants -- the plant life farthest from the natural world, yet often our closest contact with it -- as they wither and decompose. In the process, revealing a deeper, wounded beauty that's largely unseen. Most of the flowers in this series come from plants I grow on the window sills of my apartment. The Littoral series returns to the larger world. These photos are taken along seashores, also part of long walks, early in the morning just as the sun is rising. They capture patterns in the sand that emerge and disappear in response to the shifting waters of the tide. There a few moments and with the next wave gone. In their own ways, all these series are meditations on mortality and loss, what is there for us only briefly then gone for good.
Though not relating to the natural world, the Memento Mori series continues my engagement with mortality and loss in the most direct way: These are photos of jewelry and small items of personal value found among my mother's things in the months after she died in 2015. Started as a spontaneous emotional response to her passing, the series has become an expression of grief and a process of discovery and memorialization. Each item is fading into darkness, caught or nearly so in the process of slipping away, slipping into memory. I'm trying to capture the feeling of holding onto and losing something at the same time, the fading and grasping for it. Littoral (Memorial), a stand-alone portfolio within the Littoral series, similarly relates to fading and loss, though more abstractly. They were taken the morning after her memorial service on the same stretch of beach in California as the other photos, a place I discovered and started shooting when my mother first fell ill three years earlier. The patterns that day were unlike any I'd seen and in one small area I managed to capture the process of fading from vibrancy to the merest traces in the sand over a short period of time.
Also on the site are photos from Nimbus, my first composite photos and largest-scale work to date. The photos try to recreate the dynamics of storm fronts as I observe them bearing down, the remarkable shifting light and tone within thunderstorms in the moments before the rain arrives. Lastly, there are photos from sky/line, my only urban-related work. Originally an exploration of form and color, an attempt to capture where the light of the sky blends into the line of buildings, the series has developed into a deeper exploration of perception, place, and the construction of the city in the imagination. These are glimpses of my personal skyline -- the city-within-a-city we all form in our minds wherever we live -- what I see, or more usually, take in as fuzzy background from the windows of the places I spend most of my time.
All the photos on this site are available as limited edition archival prints (usually of 5 - 12, some of 20) and are only a small sample of the work in the different series. Depending on the series, they range in size from 12" x 16" to 20" x 40". Contact me for current prices.