Artist Statement

For me, photography is all about looking into the world, honoring, and sharing; recognizing the importance of or assigning importance to the content that I choose to place within the frame, and sharing my personal experience, vision, and perspective with other humans. I am interested in the interconnectedness, and ultimately the inseparability, of wild nature and that minuscule, almost insignificant portion of the universe that has experienced the presence of humanity, and is therefore variously considered altered, civilized, degraded, developed, exploited, monetized, and transformed. Its profound importance stems from the fact that it is likely to be the only home that we as a species, and all the rest of life on Earth, will ever have.

The human factor is critically important to me. In this age of drones, camera traps, and other remote imaging devices, part of my job as a photographer behind the camera is to give a picture soul. That is to say, “I’m like you, I was there, and this was my personal experience or vision in that place, at that time.” As today’s ubiquitous digital media feeds us images at a breakneck pace, with the expectation that we will ingest innumerable small, low-quality images and quickly move on, I seek to make pictures that invite the viewer to slow down and spend time with them, discovering unexpected elements that reveal themselves only in due course. To that end, I have used high-resolution processes to produce finely detailed compositions, printed at a large scale using museum-grade techniques and materials. This approach leverages photography’s greatest strengths: to permit, over long spans of time and well into the future, the inspection and interrogation of frozen fleeting moments in our past, and to enable us to explore the passage of time within a still image.

I invite the viewer to join me on a journey of exploration at scales large and small, in an effort to share unique ways of looking at landscapes, ecosystems, animals, natural phenomena, human activity, and aesthetic relationships in the world, whether or not the viewer has the opportunity, or indeed the inclination, to experience them on their own. If my work opens anyone’s eyes, then I consider it to have succeeded.

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