Why I take pictures
Words can't always convey what I'm feeling. They often seem inadequate to the task. The pictures on this site began as an elegy, a response to personal loss, and as a conversation about the ephemeral nature of our existence and the fragility of the people and things around us.
When I’m considering a picture, I look for beauty and grace in the unexpected, in quiet places where spirit is easy to access, where there is light and space and movement. I am interested in finding, and also creating, layers of interest and meaning, opening a portal to a welcoming and challenging place of self-reflection.
For a long time, I lived in an elemental place on the water and facing the north wind. It was a fierce environment and stunningly beautiful. Being so close to nature opened a place in me that led to creating pictures as a thoughtful practice. I want to get to the nature of a place or scene, to capture the breath of it as a reflection of the unexpected power of place. The series is also an ode to serendipity, and to what can be learned from chance encounter.
Making a picture is a way to tell a story and bring the viewer closer to me, but also to make a visual record of something that comes only once.