Rural landscapes in the American Midwest and West can be simplistically beautiful, yet desolate and harsh. I aspire to capture the moods of the region in which I live through solo adventures that enable me to experience the subjects without distraction. To bring balance and inspiration to my work and time, I also shoot locations around the country and abroad. I have a humble fascination with the world, be it just outside my door or far away, and I want to share the sense of wonder that the settings evoke in me.
I learned photography by traditional methodology, using a darkroom to develop film and make prints. My high school art teacher entrusted me with independent study classes after I completed the regular photography courses, which helped me experiment with my ideas and get enough darkroom time to execute them. In college, I continued shooting on film, then started to check out the new digital cameras for shooting assignments for the newspaper. My favorite work wasn't actual assignments, but “wild art” for the paper, which could be anything on campus or around town. Creative freedom has always been paramount to me, so sharing my art through large scale prints is perfect. The technology changed from film to files, but the basics of capture and the motive of wonder to see the world, immediate and beyond, remain the same.
I continue to use traditional techniques to capture scenes and modern technology to get them from raw image to print ready. A large variety of lenses and filters accommodate different shooting situations, and in post production, my final vision is executed by using tools that strictly mimic dark room procedures to get an image to match the sense of solitude and wonder that I felt while taking the photograph.