This is Real

Leica camera close up, in black and whiteA photograph should always represent an artist’s unique vision, but it should also be honest. In today’s electronic world, 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 in the development process. At every step, I focus on the natural flow of energy that exists between myself and the environment, and not on manipulation.

  • 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 processed for exposure only.
  • I do not crop my photographs.
  • I never add or delete scene content from an image.
  • I do not use special effects in my development process.
  • My film and digital negatives are available for public inspection at select exhibits.

No photograph is fully realized as art until it is printed, especially in our modern digital era. Furthermore, I feel 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. I only print directly from film or developed digital negatives that are unconverted. Each photograph is limited to a small number of prints and each is uniquely signed and framed by my own hands. hands2