I really appreciate the conversation between documentarian and subject born by the process of this photograph. Reflecting on how the variety of chosen objects came together to create this photograph, I am struck with nature’s desire to reclaim what man builds.
I captured this photograph because it’s a perfectly balanced composition of people interacting with works of art.
I enjoyed documenting the range of emotions high art evokes. The woman to the right is joyful and lighthearted, while so many faces around her are profoundly contemplative. There’re many different ways to internalize art, and to me, they’re all equally valid. That’s the real beauty.
I had to shoot this moment because I was taken with how quickly rigid, imperfect trunks become smooth, rolling shadows in the snow.
I love capturing the duality of snow. It represents an ending, and, at the same time, snow wipes a clean slate for rebirth. The disparity of the transformation is echoed by the contrast of the light and the shadows.
The effect of the movement of light and shadows over the snow becomes a dance that very few ever notice . . . but the beauty and excitement is still there.
The color orange will challenge you. It’s not one that just likes to blend in with the crowd. And not every shade of orange has what I consider to be an aesthetic appeal. But every now and then, I stumble across a glorious shade of orange that stops me in my tracks.
This particular image caught my attention for a variety of reasons, but the light and dark highlights really help these tones pop to what I felt was a wow status for the color orange. I was grateful to capture it so I would have it to appreciate again and again.
These colors and textures are fascinating! But what I find the most intriguing are the shadows which were created by the nearby plants blowing in the wind. All these elements combine to evoke memories of pleasant times.
Though I often pass by abandoned structures on my travels, they don’t always strike my interest. But on this stormy winter day, I became enthralled with this particular scene. Decade after decade, storm after storm, this structure has stood the test of time. Though worn and weathered, it stands tall to remind us of simpler times.
Humans have an innate ability to innovate and improve—just think how differently this would be if built today—but we also have a tendency to overcomplicate things. I’m a big proponent of advancement in all areas of life, but I also know simple is better. The juxtaposition of this scene inspires me to continue to do more less.
Balance and precision define this image.
This composition was not intended to expose the “what” of the objects depicted, but rather to reveal the intention of their shared deeper nature which creates a direct but unemotional confrontation. I wanted to show what they could mean to each other as abstract forms intruding without apology into each other's space.
The negative space between the smooth corners of the angular forms is as deliberate as the metallic shapes themselves.
In this way, it evokes the paradoxical emotions of firm resolution and gentle tranquility.
I was immediately attracted to the composition of lights and color dancing out of the darkness.
I knew there was something fascinating going on, but I could not have known that each white light would transform into a perfect crystalline sand dollar at super high-resolution. This is exactly the sort of happy accident that has kept me inspired as a photographer for so many years.
The soft waves of the strands contrast the clean edges of each bright orb burning against the dark.
Falling, repeated, one after another—the lights have a dreamlike effect, real and unreal at the same time.
Happenstance: chance or a chance situation, especially one producing a good result.
This abstract composition that I titled, “Harlequin,” was found by pure happenstance—in my photographic work, many of my best images are.
Created from a single, chance visual encounter.
If we pay attention and are present in the moment, magic can unfold in front of our very eyes, there is much to observe that is hidden in plain sight.
Here, I captured a moment in time at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
What struck me most was the excitement and the curiosity of the patrons—from school children to matrons, and everyone else in between.
I followed this elderly gentleman as he nearly skipped around the exhibition rooms with childlike glee, discovering modern masterpieces at every turn. He paused here to fully absorb the rolling abstract bodies depicted in Pablo Picasso’s Two Nudes.
I was reminded of what Picasso once said, "It takes a long time to become young."
Like a life model in different poses, Mt Sopris presents us her form.
The angle of her ridge rises and falls from background to foreground, drawing the eye along with it. Stark shadows and the steep lines of her precipice intimidate as well as inspire.
This intimacy with Mother Nature did not come easily. Our ex-special forces pilot flew into a realm of arctic conditions, skimming the ridges and tree line at a speed of over one hundred knots. A blast of ice-cold air numbed me and the crew as I opened the side door of the helicopter to capture the scene.
Once again I am fascinated by the variegated, random patterns that I encounter when exploring with my photography.
Looking at the world though a camera forces one to take pause and consider not only what is hidden in plain sight, but also the “big picture” and our place in the world. This image, for me, has an organic, elemental energy. It holds my attention, coaxing me to explore the surface and discover hidden nuances of the harmonious composition.
When I edit my archives, I constantly unearth little jewels of imagery that rekindle the awe that I felt when I had the opportunity to take that particular shot.
Here Mount Sopris takes me on a visual journey of discovery once again. Bold yet beguiling, the curvaceous flow of its windswept ridge seduces the eye with its sinuous form.
In a miraculous split-second shot, I caught this bull elk pre-flight.
My years of honing my reflexes through bow hunting serve me well now in a creative capacity.
It is always humbling to see such a magnificent creature overcoming the obstacles that mankind has set forth, taking the stumbling block in regal stride.
I see it as an inspirational metaphor and encouragement to us: face obstacles head-on and overcome. Take that leap of faith!
Behold the most-photographed mountain in North America, Maroon Bells. In the fall when the aspen trees burst into a kaleidoscope of color, the lake is ringed with photographers.
From predawn to dusk, they come from all over the world to try to capture the pure alpine beauty.
A certain photographer, Mr. Ansel Adams, may have been responsible for this trend. Back in the 1950s, he took the seminal shot of the Bells in black and white.
This image is my homage to him.
A Bird’s Eye View of Mount Sopris
Like a sculpture, Mount Sopris can only be fully appreciated from multiple angles.
This breathtaking and photogenic mountain stands sentinel, anchored to earth by a vast wall of mountain peaks and ridges. I got the opportunity to capture it from a bird’s eye view.
From these images, we get a sense of the peak’s majestic dominance within the valley. The deeply scooped cirque beckons the eye to explore the inner terrain of the treacherous rock face. The dark shadows of the stones and bright highlights of the snow illuminate the mind with delight.
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I strive to find and document beauty.
With so much anguish and dark drama in the world, I am compelled to provide a counterpoint to the shock-and-horror imagery that is presented to us in the media and modern art world.
I empathize deeply with the travails of mankind, and by acknowledging suffering, I nurture my desire to encourage the viewer. Through this piece, I hope to allow others to step into the light and be engulfed and uplifted by the beauty that is everywhere.
I have an overly developed trait: curiosity.
Every day I am fueled by the desire to explore and discover new things—images, places, people, experiences. I look for the unexpected, or simply for visual revelations that are hidden in plain sight.
In doing so, I think of myself as a seeker and keeper of precious things, always searching for the proverbial Holy Grail to add to my photography collection.
A photographer’s camera is their paintbrush. Using it, I strive to create works that are familiar but also enigmatic.
In this study, there is a harmonious balance of color and form, a vibrant energy that invigorates and excites. The eye is encouraged to explore the surface.
The sensation of this piece is almost volcanic, as if we are seeing our planet from above. Clouds, oceans, and landforms come into focus, punctuated by splashes of vibrant color.
Through my lens, I like to capture moments in time . . .
For a fraction of a second, this spinning universe is paused. The chaos is halted, and order is established. Frozen, its beauty is fully revealed.
In this composition, I find a pattern frequency that is visually calming and meditative—a zen-like quality that soothes the soul. I am reminded of the early works of Harry Callahan, where he takes seemingly ordinary imagery and creates a study that is extraordinary.