Light and Gifts
When I work with a subject, I see light as very cloth like, waiting to be draped across the work. When I get it right, there is something about it that ties the discipline and chaos nature simultaneously imposes on these subjects together. The subject is important, but, for me, the emotion and meaning comes from how light plays across the sumptuous curves and tightly controlled angles. It has a language all its own.
Within each subject I try to find the “gift”, that nexus, when light, perspective, subject, and a myriad of other tangible and intangible pieces come together. Truth be told, I don’t always know everything about the final image no matter how many times I look through the view finder. There are often surprises that await - things that are not seen until the image is on my screen. Sometimes it is not what I thought, but something entirely different. At these times I remind myself to look closer with the lyric from the Stones playing in my head: “You can't always get what you want but, if you try, sometimes you just might find…..what you need”. I must say, serendipity has been very good to me.
Many people look at these works and see only the gem or mineral and that’s great. However, one of my objectives is to push the traditional boundaries of these materials beyond the natural world to images that have personal and individual connections to viewers. This is the “road less traveled”. The works you see here are not documentation photography but part of the universe as seen through an artist’s eyes.
This is a journey. I do not know what is around the next corner and, as my subjects evolve me, I will post my perspectives and new works.