A photograph can be more than just a picture of something; it can tell a story about something. Most of all, that is what I try to do in the photographs I make, and that is what I believe distinguishes my work from that of other photographers: it tells stories.
In my landscape photographs, my goal is to tell stories about what I was experiencing, say, at a particular time and place. I do this by creating compositions that reflect my feelings and observations. My hope is that they will elicit similar feelings in others. In many ways, the process of doing this, as well as the care and sensitivity involved in doing so, are similar to making a drawing or painting.
In the architectural, product and other photographs I make on assignment, my goal is much the same: to tell stories about the subject. The primary distinction between my landscape photos and my "assignment" photos is that I consider my landscape photos to be fine art (in that I need only satisfy myself), and my assignments, applied art (in that I must satisfy my clients). However, the skills involved are much the same.
My approach to making an architectural photo, for example, is to first understand the subject. I will often visit a site with the architect and listen carefully to his or her description of the most salient attributes of the building. At that time and later, when I return to photograph the building, I will conduct a sort of dialog with it, in which the building tells me about itself. By opening my senses to it in this way, I develop a deeper understanding of it, as well as more intense, personal feelings about it. This, then, results in the highly communicative, expressive images upon which I have built my reputation.
In many ways, this process mirrors the design process itself. Good designs are based on sensitivity, creativity, and deep understanding of the needs and wants of everyone who has a stake in the results. My ability to quickly appreciate and understand the design attributes of a building or product is the result of my thirty-year career in the field of Industrial Design, prior to becoming a full-time commercial photographer. My ability to interpret that goodness into dynamic-but-sensitive photographs is the result of my life-long passion for landscape photography as an art form.
The beauty of photography is that it is supremely visual. Don't take my word for it -- sit back, enjoy some time browsing through this website, then decide for yourself whether you think my claims have merit. If you agree that they do, then we should talk about how I might be of service to you!