A photograph should always represent an artist’s unique vision, but it should also be honest. Today, artists have unprecedented control in image development. Wielding this power to create photographic illustrations that appear as photographs is misleading. We must not forget that with power comes responsibility. As such, I use a “pure process” approach, which emphasizes previsualization in the capture process, and organic tonal mapping during development. At every step, I focus on the natural flow of energy that exists between myself and the environment, and not on manipulation. To do this:
- I build custom aerial photo systems with Leica cameras and lenses.
- I manually focus and manually expose most of my photographs.
- I never use filters to change the appearance of a scene.
- All of my photographs are minimally developed for exposure only.
- I never add or delete scene content from an image.
- I make my negatives available for public viewing at select exhibits.
Paradoxically, printing is as essential in our modern digital society as it ever has been. I believe that a print truly represents an artist’s vision only when it is made by the artist. Therefore, I personally create every print in my studio. Each photograph is limited to a small number of prints and each is framed by my own hands.