Through my photographic art, my desire is share the wonders of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. Whether it’s the creation of God, or sculpted by the hands of Man, there is beauty all around us. My collection of fine art photography includes both recognizable and popular destinations of the Pacific Northwest as well as intimate, rarely visited locales.
My goal is to create fine art images that project emotions into the viewer’s realm of imagination, but still appear to be a straightforward documentary-style photograph. Influenced by pictorialism, the use of creative capture techniques and digital processing (long exposure, HDR, filters, Lightroom, Photoshop, etc) allows me the artistic freedom to manipulate the image in ways that still appear “real”, but in no way are a representation of the actual scene.
My first love is black and white photography and I’m inspired by the works of many artists of the past. Developing my images into black and white photographs allows me the latitude to experiment with my artistic creativity, yet retaining the feel of realism.
Of course, not all images translate into black and white imagery. As part of my artistic vision, scenes including sunrises, sunsets, rainbows and fall colors are usually developed as a color photograph, though not as it appeared if you were present.
Much of the subject matter that I capture is found by exploring. I typically establish a general destination along with a basic shoot list based on prior research. Once I’m on location, I generally warm up with a few planned images before my creative spirit takes over and leads me down the path to find and see subject material, from an artistic viewpoint, that many people would miss.
As my artistic vision matures, I find my body of work developing into specific fine art photography projects, both short and long term in duration. I find that a photography project allows me to artistically explore a subject in deeper imaginative and expressive ways.
It wasn’t until 2007 that I became serious about my photography. Before that time, I had various cameras, including 35mm SLRs and various point and shoots (both film and digital).
In the beginning, I would shoot almost anything that caught my eye and of course post it online, both good and bad. I had no purpose in my art, so I dabbled in various genres of photography, eventually developing my skills and shooting primarily wedding and family portraiture (which became very profitable for me). However, in my heart, I knew that wedding and portrait photography was not my passion.
Once I made a decision to focus on creating scenic fine art images of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest, my vision became clearer and my passion for photography took a significant jump.
Outside of my photographic world: I am a follower of Jesus Christ (to whom I give credit for my artistic creativity). I am a Husband to my loving wife, who supports me in my creative pursuits. I am a Dad to my beautiful 15 year old daughter, a successful grown Son (whom both are passionate about and pursuing photography as careers) who is married to his amazing wife. I am employed as a full-time professional firefighter (currently on my 28th year on the job), which provides me the schedule that allows the pursuit of my arts.
I am a life-long resident of Washington State. My Dad was an avid outdoorsman, and loved fishing, hunting, camping, hiking and exploring. So you could say that the outdoors have been a big part of my life and a major influence on my passion for scenic and landscape photography.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via telephone at 253.370.0457 or by email.