Pools, Puddles & Ponds is a body of work that has emerged over the last 25 years that I’ve spent documenting the landscape and it will continue to grow and reflect the changes that I experience in my vision and approach. I’m particularly drawn to the reflections that are an inherent characteristic of tide-pools, ponds and other still bodies of water. These reflections add layers of information that affect shape and texture and often create an inner glow that adds an ethereal quality to the scene. Removing the sense of scale creates an abstract graphic quality that draws me in and compels me to make these images.
Photography takes me to places that allow me to think positive thoughts. While it may not always be about feeling good or bad, it is about thinking of life in a positive way and trying to communicate that feeling to others through my work. I photograph throughout the year and remove a sense of scale from my images, taking ordinary scenes and imbuing them with a sense of the extraordinary. Some things are mundane only because we choose to see them that way.
All of my images are hand-coated platinum/palladium contact prints and hence require a large negative so much of the time I work with large format cameras. Recently, I've been using digital technology to create larger inch ink-jet negatives and this has opened up a range of possibilities regarding film and camera format and especially print size.
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