(or Picture Mortises)
I've a great love for landscape photography. I hold the idea of capturing a window full of river, lake, sea, forest, desert, mountain, river, rock, sky or cloud, near to my heart. Inspired scapes will always live in our minds and walls as well as in galleries and museums. Few things have changed in the last couple hundred years. Most notable is how we're able to gather, capture and enjoy its beauty away from the outdoors. From the romantic, yet realistic paintings of John Constable to the, gestural impressions of Monet and van Gogh, to the many amazing photos created by Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, Minor White and David Muench we still see it in all splendor as well as the individual's vision. When David Hockney embraced the multifaceted vision of cubism into photography, something quite unique happened. It seemed as if holography emerged within the same time frame.
Then there's me. Still looking at the two dimensional capture, as well as wanting a strong composition, yet always looking for connections that feel as gentle as the morning light being sprinkled over the horizon like talcum powder on a baby's bottom. Wanting the tiniest connections to feel like the most wondrous of discoveries. Digitally layering photos, in a collage like manner and caressing them into magical mortices, where they not only feel like they belong together, but that they're the best of friends. Lovers, if you will, that have so mingled in each other's arms that one seems to dissolve into the other, yet stand alone as the individual moment where light was captured as it is.
Nature inspires me.
My thoughts are calmed in its gentle chaos.
Harmonies of color and texture play within the simplicity of its universe.
Light coaxes form from darkness.
Clouds morph into shapes that tickle the imagination.
I document moments, then caress them into new compositions;
Subtle songs of rhythmic images to be heard through
square and rectangular windows.
I look for connections between the scapes.
Highways and veins,
like roots, reach for something more,
seek paths to a destination,
always coming together for unexpected connections,
“Tug on anything at all and you'll find it connected to everything else in the universe.” John Muir
Landscape photographs/composites created by hundreds, even thousands of photos I've taken, sorted through and found connections to create new compositions. Printed on museum quality, hot press, rag base fine art paper.