Among my inspirations is the work of pictorial photographers who embraced an expressive interpretation of the subject matter by utilizing mono-chromatic and soft-focused aesthetics rather than a truthful rendition of the subject. I am inspired by eerie, mysterious, beautifully crafted images that draw viewers in, be they landscapes, portraits or still lives. I am drawn to work that is not entirely representative of the real world; work that is ephemeral and contains a strong emotional context. I view photography as an interpretive medium, meaning that it is not necessarily about where the lens is pointed but about what the photographer sees.
My intent is to convey a subjective interpretation of the subject by creating compelling images that stimulate viewers’ imaginations; images that are dark, ambiguous and lacking in detail.
I have never had an affinity for color photography, preferring the realm of black and white images which, in my mind, can convey a stronger emotional context. To enhance the emotional context to my work I often diffuse, distress and tone my work.
I began my journey in the photographic arena in the traditional film based darkroom. When this avenue was no longer an option due to the lack of available darkrooms and dwindling materials, I embraced the digital realm. But given my preference for the look and feel of silver gelatin, I have incorporated some of the visual hallmarks of film based imagery in my digital work.