In the mid‐seventies, my parents gave me a Pentax SLR camera as a high school graduation present. In no time I pushed beyond my B.F.A. curriculum and experimented
with all sorts of filters, borrowed lenses, color films, and darkroom techniques.
While earning my degree I put a lot of miles on that camera ‐‐ both in terms of distance traveled and the rolls of film that were wound through it. That feels like a long time ago.
Heck, it wasn’t even in the current century.
During the next 30 years I’d drag out that old camera every so often, put the lens on, and fiddle with the settings…all without film. And think about how seldom I made the time to
A few years ago I had the good fortune of travelling to Shanghai on business. China was a place I never expected to visit and figured it was a once‐in‐a‐lifetime opportunity. I decided to take my old camera along. That was the turning point of getting back to creative photography.
A few months later I bought a simple point‐and‐shoot digital camera. In addition to shooting snapshots of family graduations, weddings, and birthdays it became a game to
see how far I could push photos within the camera’s limitations. Instead of treating it like a constraint, it caused me to be creative in different ways.
Now I’m using a digital SLR and photo editing software which let me experiment even more.
All my photos are about seeing differently and pushing to the edges:
- what we catch out of the corner of our eye;
- that fleeting moment in a dream;
- that place between sleeping and waking;
- those reflections, textures, and patterns just outside consciousness;
- that odd angle or detail rarely considered;
- pushing color, light and contrast…to the edge.