I am a self-taught photographer that has studied the art of photography for thirty years. My primary influences are Robert Frank, David Michael Kennedy, Minor White and Ed Ruscha.
When photographing I feel and sense the spirit of what I am seeing. The “design” of the subject or scene becomes an integral part of the final composition. I examine and present nature’s and/or man’s mark, the combination of which is often society’s response to my subject. The resulting photograph shows the condition and existence of the subject within a context, literal or metaphorical.
I photograph within the environment in which I find myself. I do not find it necessary to travel to a specific locale to make photographs that present something exotic, unfamiliar or detached from my day to day existence. Rather I delve into my surroundings within the realm of where I live my life.
For my Polaroid work I use a vintage Polaroid 420 camera. I make exposures onto Fuji instant color film. After recovering a negative it is digitally scanned and converted to a monochrome image in Adobe Photoshop.
For my plastic camera work I use Holga and Diana+ plastic cameras. Film is exposed in the camera. The developed negatives are digitally scanned. All multi-exposures are made in-camera.
The iPhone camera has been an essential tool for much of my recent work. I use Adobe Photoshop as a digital darkroom for contrast control and dodging and burning.
Prints are made with an archival inkjet printer.