Although I was born in the midwest, I have lived my entire life in California. To live in California means to always be living in the presence of change. California history is a history of change. The Europeans, who came here to expand and explore, encountered a rich land and began the process of change; decimating the native people, the culture and transforming the landscape. This transformation has never stopped. The people, the land, the habitats, have changed and transformed over and over again. To know and live in California you have to be able to accept and understand that change. I do this by focusing on creating beauty as I see it and following the light of change through my camera lens. The beauty of the land and people is still present for me.
I am interested in photographing California and The West in all of its changing beauty. I am drawn to the challenge of capturing the ‘beautiful impermanence and rustic decay’ symbolized in the Japanese phrase 'wabi-sabi.’ I am interested in photographing the decay of iconographic imagery of my lifetime: pioneer cemeteries, antiquated trucks, drive-ins movie remains, deteriorating barns, movie theater marquees, vanishing telephone booths.
I am inspired by broad expansions of light and color, beauty in nature, and the landscapes that surround me. I am inspired by color and variety of the sunrise.
I have been photographing for over 30 years, some of those years have been more concentrated than others. I started learning in the darkroom with black and white images and focused solely on tonality and controlling light. Now, in the digital age, I find the tools different but my focus remains on tonality and controlling and following the light.
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