Artist Statement

Analysis/Synthesis

I have been a photographer for over four decades. I was weaned as a California West Coast
landscape photographer, with influences that include Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Wynn
Bullock, Morley Baer, and Al Weber – all outstanding photographers and great people.

But I have evolved from my roots. A more recent trend in my work has been synthetic
exploration. Its genesis is in great narratives of different cultures and a free-minded interest in a
combination of social systems and cultural diversity. Add a strong dose of the Gnostic gospels
and a commitment to the exploration of entropy – eclectic influences, to say the least.

But out of it comes the work.

When I photograph, there are times when I witness and compose that singular and elusive
instant when content, time, and light conspire to reveal to me events of the real world. I attempt
to make some significant statement about what I am witnessing and the reasoning behind its
existence. This is the analysis.

And there are other times when I see pieces of stories, or even a full story line lying dormant.
These are unthreaded parts that will go through a process out of which a narrative and its
meaning become ever more obvious. This is synthesis.

The digital expansion of photography allows both sensitivities together to reveal who I am as a
photographer. The beauty of all of this is that I work without restriction - with both parts of my
psyche at play.

 
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