My work celebrates the wilderness and the greatest artist of all, Nature. Using slow acting geological forces and abrasive powers of wind and water, she patiently sculpts fascinating formations that transcend comprehension and stretch our imagination. In the wilderness, some stand proud, posing for crowds while others hide away in solitude. Many become so delicate that the very forces that created them eventually end their existence.
I want to tell the story of such creations in a way that will entice and motivate the viewer to learn and explore. The series titles, such as Elusive and Ethereal, refer as much to the unique light conditions I want to capture in my photographs as to the relatively short geological life span of these formations.
Long term meticulous planning is required to achieve the desired harmony between the subject and the quality and direction of light I seek. Multiple revisits and luck are often necessary because not all can be preconceived and anticipated as Nature presents herself in fascinating and unpredictable ways.
Many photographs in my portfolio come from a remote region in northern Arizona, a place known as the Paria Wilderness in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and my favorite part of the American Southwest. Some of the locations there can only be reached after hiking for miles in the desert, in scorching heat with a threat of flash floods. At night, the habitat becomes alive with creatures that call the desert home - rattlesnakes, bats, and coyotes.
Nighttime photography holds a special place in my heart because I have loved astronomy since I was a child. I enjoy the challenge posed by night landscapes due to the need to work with a difficult to control and very faint light, such the residual sunset glow, moonlight, and artificial light sources.