There is nothing more captivating than the stories that come to us in the lives of the people we meet.
Connecting with the natural world around us takes a conscious decision to to pay attention and 'see' what is surrounding you. It means making your surroundings the central 'image' and not the viewer.
It is, for me, a practice of meditation and being 'mindfully' present.
"...Oh the places you'll go"
Travel is high on my list of favorite things.
New people, places and learning how little I know. The images I hope bring a sense of how important and connected we are to each other.
Statements about ourselves in color, texture, and decorations. How wonderfuly unique are the statements we make.
Seeing the ordinary from a different perspective creates the unusual.
Macro is just one of those unusual ways to see life's ordinariness.
I strive to create a portrait that doesn't look like the subject was aware they were being photographed. Yet, more important is capturing the 'story' of the subject. Does the image bring a curiosity to the viewer?
Architecture is a new arena of photo taking for me.
To see how it 'fits' into the surroundings. What statement does it make? Is it creating a beauty all its own, or is it clumsy and awkward?
How do we understand and think of ourselves as patriots? Red, blue, right, left ? I try to find the images that speak to our prejudices, biases, ignorance or self interests. One country under ... whose God ?
We are not a soup, but a tapestry. I want my images to help us find tolerance, understanding and respect.
We all seem to be drawn to water, as we are to fire and earth. The Sea is both beautiful to me as well as frightening. It holds the life flow of the planet. I cannot be near it and not feel my own pulse beat in rhythm with the sea.
So, where do you put things that don't have a particular space of there own? 'This and That', is my attic. Enjoy rummaging around.
One of the interesting manipulations of photos is through the use of filters. I have been enjoying the rendering of photos into 'watercolor' or 'illustration' facsimiles.
Not all images lend themselves to this stylized view, while others can be given a unique perspective. Creating a different mood or visual impact is the goal.
The nobility of the animal kingdom, its sense of power yet fragile. Our human arrogance of 'looking' at them as ours to manage and command misunderstanding the dictate of a god whose authority we have usurped. We 'look' but do not 'see' how our existence along with theirs is so intertwined.