Artist’s Statement

Photography is a reality, but it is not a reality of nature. It is its own reality. I don’t photograph landscapes. I make images from landscapes. I call them Seescapes.

I have been making pictures since I was 15, when my mother, who was a painter, encouraged me to take photography classes at Phoenix Community College. I took classes with artist and teacher Allen Dutton. He was a famous artist in Japan, but not as well known in the United States. He brought artists like Lee Friedlander to give week-long workshops at the school. I was greatly influenced by Friedlander, Winogrand, Strand, Weston, and Adams. I studied the magazine Aperture, looking at the latest images being made. My early photographic influences brought me to Rochester’s Visual Studies Workshop in 1979 to study under Nathan Lyons and Keith Smith. I completed my MFA in Photography in 1983.

When I make a picture, the subject matter catches me. It starts the process. Then other concerns take over. The angles become very important. I spend a lot of time moving the image in the viewfinder by small increments to play with space and shape, color, lines and pattern. The 90 degree edges are as important as the image at the center. They become the emphasis as I investigate what I see. And these images are about a mood I feel as I make pictures.

I taught art in the Rochester City Schools for 30 years. I’ve traveled extensively worldwide with my wife and two daughters. Most of the pictures are from these travels.