The natural world has always inspired my work. Long intrigued by its processes,
I have come to value that nature’s more subtle and interesting beauty
is often beyond the visible. As such, most of my work is an investigation
of the transient and often unseen aspects of the natural world.
These two bodies of work are particularly concerned with water, an element that has captivated me with both its physical and ephemeral qualities.
The ocean is simultaneously dangerous and beautiful. I was attracted to this duality and began to photograph the waves at night, a time when the ocean feels the most unknown and un-navigable.
Although the ocean is physically the same at night as it is in the day, our perception of it changes in the dark. Unable to see the water at night, we feel uncertain of our surroundings.
Even photography, a medium of light, captured only the white crash of waves, the lone visible sign of the water in the darkness. The white seemed sentient and in a sense was the mark by which we could know the ocean at night.
Waves visualize the power of the ocean and in the black void of night the swirls of white in Sentient hint at that unseen energy we know in our minds to be present.
The variations in the images of Sea Change, a series of palladium-based photograms, reference the complex character of the ocean. Never on its own, water is always in combination with other elements or in various transitional phases. Water contains and transports many materials that are not visible to the human eye, including sand, minerals, and other sediments.
To produce the images of Sea Change, I stand in the water holding light sensitive paper in the break of a wave and allow sand to form a pattern on the paper as it exposes in the sunlight. This process entwines the material aspect of the medium with the ocean and shows the trace of water. As a result, each piece becomes a unique document of the movement of matter within an individual ocean wave.
Images in the Sentient series are printed as C-prints, 30x40 inches. Images from Sea Change are unique palladium photograms, 11x14 inches.
While these double exposure photographs depend on careful preparation and pre-visualization, the final results take off into the land of pure fantasy and imagination.
This amazing short video is pure inspiration for all photographers interested in exploring the endless fine art possibilities that the basics of light and images provide.
Beauty is only skin deep. But ah! me; freckles go to the bone.
— Mark Twain
Photogravure portraits celebrating freckled faces.