In our loud world that continues to move faster and faster, with more and more simultaneous demands on our attention I create quiet images that demonstrate the availability and accessibility of beauty and calm in nature. The images are invitations for viewers to experience the renewal and nourishment of slowing down, being still and focusing one’s attention.
Although I studied photography at Emerson College it is has been the daily practice of being present to the process without demand or expectation of a specific outcome that has opened the doors of inspiration. I take multiple images of a particular subject/setting and depending on my abilities that day I either chase or dance with the light. If I am in step I don’t even need to see the image in my viewfinder I will feel it when I’ve captured it – a rare, fleeting, wondrous moment of being in sync with everything.
I never stage my photographs. Their special magic is that they are found. That is part of the experience I want to share with the viewer – the discovery and abundance. It is spirit, rather than people, that inhabits my work. I’m always seeking that ‘golden proportion’ of space and light that provides room for spirit and breath, balancing the image and expanding its possibilities allowing multiple entry points and perspectives.
Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay and death. It is simple, slow and uncluttered and it reveres authenticity above all. It is my guiding principal for creating images.