artist statement…

I find it difficult to encapsulate my work in a brief artist statement. Lewis Hine once wrote, “If I could say it in words, I wouldn’t need to photograph.”  As I am not a poet, I will simply say, I have found my home on the opposite side of the lens. I’ve spent most of my adult life in the corporate world, never finding the sense of satisfaction and happiness that I do when I take a photograph of a simple leaf and it turns out to be something extraordinary.

Where Alice had the Looking Glass, I have my camera lens. I often feel as if I see life through a lens, as, no matter where I find myself, I’m always framing the “perfect” shot in my mind.  While I understand exposure, angles and framing and know the inner workings of my camera, I still find myself happily surprised at the end result of my photographs, albeit always aiming to learn from each shot.

Some of my work is layered to add texture or aging and, while some might say this is not true art, I would venture to say my original photograph will stand solidly on its own. When manipulating a photograph, my intention is not to correct or enhance it but, simply, to show the subject from a different perspective.

In the end, I could use all sorts of dramatic and artistic words to describe my work, hoping to evoke an emotion in the reader. The simple fact is, I photograph things that are pleasing to or intrigue me and hope that they are pleasing to those who view my work.


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