I have taken photographs all my adult life but it wasn’t until I got an SLR that I experienced what has remained for me the central experience of photography: looking at the world through a lens. There is a quietness about looking through a lens that comes from excluding whatever is not within the field of vision of the lens.
I am attracted to images which are visually striking because of texture and light and which are or can be abstracted from their context. This permits the viewer to add his or her own content through interaction with the image. Sometimes the resulting image is so abstract that it is difficult to tell “what it is.”
I am also drawn to scenes which are imbued with moods or feeling, usually due to low or unusual light and which seem to imply some story. How did the viewer come to be in this place? Why is the viewer here? What has just happened? What might happen next? I also like images which are part of everyday life but of which I am unaware until I look closely. Many of my images of flowers, particularly individual flowers, are of this type.
In August 2016, I made a major change in my photography. I had been using a Canon 60D with four different and Panasonic Lumix LX7 which was smaller, easier to take with me but still captured wonderful images. In an effort to simplify my life, I sold both cameras and their accessories and purchased a Panasonic Lumix FZ-300. I have been amazed at the functionality of this little wonder. I am also learning how to use it in variety of settings, especially sports photography of several of my grandchildren.
I enjoy the entire process of making images. I do all my own capture, editing, printing, matting, and framing. I have enjoyed my transition to digital because it has allowed me to be involved in the entire process. With the exception of larger format prints, I print my own images using Canon ChromaLife100+ 8 dye inks, a Canon Pro 100 printer and archival paper.
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