I have always been fascinated by agriculture. Technological advancements made and traditions kept. The affects this has on the landscape wether by man or nature. Recently, I was fortunate to meet the Anderson family. They have been farming and ranching the same land for close to 100 years. This series is a portrait of the land and objects around their home. I have found that visiting the same location several times throughout the year has given me a unique perspective on the space. A familiarity and intimacy that I feel shows in the work. A special thanks to them for giving me such great access.
My most recent work has been in the high plains of Colorado. While I feel much more at home in the heavily wooded mountainous area we live in. I often find it difficult to photograph in the same area. It always feels just to busy to put everything cleanly into a frame. About 15 miles east of our new home the hills begin to stretch out and lay down. The tree's begin to thin out and dot the landscape instead of blanket it. I feel much more at home photographing this clean distraction free environment and it's unique feratures.
My work is about findind the beauty in the simplicity of our surroundings and everyday life. No time is this more clear, than on the snow covered days of winter. I find the simplicity of the landscape thought provoking and Beautiful. Tree's, barns, fences etc all become forms. Shapes against a blank background awash in white. The images become more about the placement of the object's within the frame than the beauty of each item. This approach to winter evokes a sense of stillness and solitude. Giving us a chance to be still and appreciatte the simple beauty of the season.
A few years ago I began working on "The Blane Project". A series of portraits of WWII veterans. My goal with this project is to make honest portraits of these great men and women of history. Celebrating who they are today, distinguished, funny, parents and grandparents. I never pose them, nor do I ask them to wear specific clothing for the shoot. I simply ask, "where would you like your picture taken?" I let their personalities do the rest. Some of them wear their service on their sleeve and others do not. But they are all kind and happy to participate in the project.
I want to thank Fuji Film for their help in supporting this project and providing the film used.
This series is all about the form water takes as it carves it's way through the land. I wanted to create images of these creeks, streams and waterfall's that highlighted the form of the water first, instead of the environment that surrounds them.
Like all my work I strive to recognize the beauty in the simplicity of not only our environment, but also the objects with in it. Creating compelling photographs out of single sheets of paper is a concept that is at a primal level of this philosophy and approach to my work. Training myself to pause and focus on even the simplest items and see the potential within them.
Catalina island is roughly 30 miles off the coast of southern California. While it is mostly a tourist location filled with boats, beaches and palm trees. I wanted to show the other side of the island. The obscure docks, random staircases and strange geology I observed everyone passing by without a glance.
Deadwood is an homage to the rugged Bristlecone Pine tree. These trees are often hundreds of years old and survive in the most rugged of locations. Their refusal to fall, is representative of the rugged individualism that embodies the rocky mountain west.
This was the series that happened by chance and holds special meaning to me. A few years back I flew to San Diego, to photograph friends whom were dealing with the late stages of cancer. The patriarch of their family was loosing his battle with cancer. I was there to record the family as they once were before the ravages of cancer treatment set in. It was a powerful experience and I am grateful to have been a part of it. The day I was to return to Colorado, my flight was delayed. Being only a few miles from Ocean Beach I asked them to indulge me and take me down to photograph the shore. I had one extra roll of film and little time. The following images are a result. I will return one day to finish this series. Until then I would like to thank Southwest airlines for the opportunity!
The Slides series is an appreciation of the simple form that these slides take on. While working on this series I drew on my background in engineering to inform my minds eye. The repetition of shape and symmetry that we see in these slides is often overlooked. The simple radius and perfect contours are what I find so powerful. It is not something you see very often.
When I choose to work with architecture I try to show the structure in a way not normally seen while passing by. In doing so I often don't photograph iconic buildings or structures. Instead I choose the more obscure and understated.
This portfolio is a collection of photographs that I am fond of but don't quite fit into any of my other series. As such they are here for you to enjoy. just a miscellaneous collection of beautiful imagery.