In my photographic work, I seek out unexpected moments — of action or calm, of drama or subtlety, of color or gray — in the natural and manmade worlds. The intersection of these two powerful forces is where I discover the most beauty and interest. Specifically, I draw insight and inspiration from the conflict between nature and man’s strengths and fragilities.
When choosing a subject and creating a piece, my end goal is a captivating, often large-scale, image that infuses wonder and calm into the soul of the viewer while inspiring an appreciation of nature, promoting stewardship of our natural resources, and instilling a sense of pride and place.
With an emphasis on my community of Evanston, Illinois, and stretching out to Chicago and the North Shore area, I focus largely on the unifying thread that links them together: Lake Michigan.
This magnificent body of water is a huge, powerful and life-enriching force, but it is relentlessly challenged by man. Sometimes the lake perseveres — eroding breakwaters, altering shorelines, and filling in shipping channels and boat launches. But it also battles the infiltration of industrial pollutants, the attack of invasive species, and the effects of neglect and indifference, all of which compromise its water quality and aquatic life. I aim for my photographs to serve as a reminder of the simultaneous strength and fragility of Lake Michigan and the importance of protecting it.
I prefer to shoot in the early mornings and late afternoons when there is the most vivid color, interesting light, complex shadows, and weather and wildlife activity. Because these “golden hours” are so short, the moments of intense color and visual interest are fleeting, which elevates the intensity of the images.
In keeping with my intent to convey natural beauty in our urban environment, my images are left as unaltered as possible to reflect what I saw through my lens. My artistic efforts center more on shooting — subject selection, composition and timing — than on post-production.
I also align my love of nature, the lake and the environment with the mounting, framing and display of my work by using sustainable wood products, incorporating recycled or reclaimed materials, and limiting the use of plastics and chemicals. This green approach reflects a respect and reverence for the natural world that resonates with viewers.
I am proud and privileged to have the opportunity to create and sell fine art that is beautiful, is environmentally conscious, and adds interest and value to residential, public and corporate spaces.