At first, I thought this was an old church. Especially because of the religious themed graffiti on the inside. But the sign above the door says Dis. No. 5 1871, which I assume is for the school district. Either way, it has not been used for a long while. This is between German Valley and Ridott, Illinois.
Emotion. Mood. Feelings. This is what I capture through my photographs. Whether it is landscapes, architectural elements, still life, or macros - it is a very personal journey as my own fears, triumphs, beliefs, and shortcomings are exposed with each photo.
Much of what I shoot is done spontaneously without preconceived thought or plan. I let what is around me dictate what is photographed.
And the shooting is only the first step - a jumping off point. I take the raw images and create what I see in my mindís eye. Coaxing out textures present in the shot Ė sometimes adding them. Enhancing the contrast of light and dark to create the mood and emotions I felt and feel. In the end, itís all about listening to my heart and mind...
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