The artist is conscious of something beside the mere physical in every object in nature. He feels its expression, he sympathizes with its character, he is impressed with its language; his heart, mind, and soul are stirred in its contemplation.
Albert Sands Southworth
The landscape came before the camera. I am a lifelong student of nature and wilderness and my beliefs were shaped early in life by the words of John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Wallace Stegner long before I considered photography or making a life with it. I've long considered myself a naturalist first and artist second. Nature and wilderness are significantly more meaningful than beautiful places to make photographs; they are integral to my personal well-being and creativity.
The intimate and easy-to-overlook is the focus of my work. I am compelled by texture and form; the organic and the unnatural; and the unusual and ephemeral. My goal is to portray a personal communion I share with the land as well as the rare and transcendental moments it shares with me.
I work with both a high resolution Nikon DSLR system and Chamonix view cameras with film.