This sample of photographs is from a larger collection I have been working on for the past two years. From early spring until late fall, I regularly kayak on the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord rivers frequently either at dusk or dawn. While paddling one is very close to the water, but also acutely aware of the shoreline and the sky. In this series of photographs I try to capture my feeling of being equally present in all three environments (water, land and sky). These photographs are also my homage to these three incredible rivers, each one rich in its own history, beauty and quiet splendor.
Photography (and most studio art) is nothing more that ‘the art of paying close attention’. When I work, I try to slow down, observe carefully, and attend to the details, the quality of light, and the overall mood or feeling I get at a certain location or at a certain time of day. I love photographing nature and objects up close and capturing the beauty and complexity I would normally walk right by and miss.
The challenge with photographing landscapes is finding just the right spot at just the right time of day. Composition and the quality of light are critical as are the type and texture of the clouds (if the sky is involved). When possible, I scout out locations and then come back at various times of the year or times of day in order to capture an image I like. Dawn and dusk are the best times of day to shoot since the lighting is soft and colors are often richer and more varied. During the day, I like shooting when it is overcast since the light is more diffused and there are fewer shadows.
I grew up skating on a pond. The best ice was always ‘black ice’- hard, smooth, and without any snow mixed in. Black ice is also clear and to the close observer becomes a frozen window of trapped flora, air bubbles, cracks, and textures. I love photographing these enigmatic shapes and intricate worlds and creating interesting compositions from nature’s beautiful chaos. In some of the more abstract ice photographs, I have heightened (without adding or altering) the color to bring out the real, yet hidden colors within.
What more can I say…I grow and love vegetables and flowers. Some of these images are close ups of veggies and flowers from my garden shot soon after picking. Some I also place in pairs and I call these my 'loving vegetable' series.... and in their dreams I am sure they love each other as well.
Some images need to be in color, others have much more impact and mystery when they are developed and printed in black & white. These various landscapes take me back to my initial training and large format camera work when all images were in black and white and in order to get the best image with a full range of tonal values, one needed to learn how to ‘see’ all colors in various shades of grey.
I have recently been experimenting with 'stitching' sets of photographs together to make panoramas. These are a few of my photos taken over the last year. A tripod is a must and the resulting images (both in color and black and white) can be very interesting.