Like many photographers, my passion for photography started when I was very young. While standing next to my father in the darkroom, I felt a sense of wonder as I watched his images magically appear in the developing tray. That is what I feel, even today, whenever I take the time to really see what surrounds me.
Almost 30 years of experimenting with the specialized technique of light painting* has given me the ability to show subjects in a "different light" so that viewers can appreciate them in an unexpected way. This light is meticulously applied in each image and is very sculptural in nature.
My process elevates and reinforces the notion that discarded objects can have an extraordinary beauty. I am drawn to things that are rich in texture and surface quality, often turning to natural subjects. In combining these natural elements with man-made objects, I explore their relationships.
The negative effects of time have often been addressed by artists and writers. I'm convinced that beauty isn't necessarily diminished when something is "past its prime". In fact, I feel that there is an innate beauty that only the patina of time can reveal.
*Light painting requires working in a completely dark studio, opening the camera for an extended period of time, and "painting" the light onto the subject. This reveals greater shape, texture and color, and is very much using light to sculpt the subject.