digital photography/visual art
Digital photography was the medium that drew me into making visual art. It is an expanding area of creation for me, and like PERFORMANCE seems to be a catch-all container for photos, video, drawings, doodles, painting and the process of accumulating or assembling them together in sculpture or on the larger scale of installation, which exceeds a mere “visual” experience.
Photobook out now!
Return To Death Valley
A photobook with Poetry
Back in 2010 I went to Death Valley. It was a time in my life when I was looking for the questions, much less the answers. I took a little color point-n-shoot camera. The magic of digital pho-tography is that you can change the world with a button. Years later (2017-18), on a whim, I began converting the photos I took in the desert into black and white images. That chance edit uncovered shapes, gestures, marks, textures, and presences not before experienced during my time in the desert. The black and white images allowed me to re-see, re-imagine, re-member, and perhaps, re-dream how the miraculous landscape of Death Valley at once humbles and enfolds all things into it - accepting without judgment any being who will simply open themselves to their individual insignificance in order to see into their shared part of an incomprehensible immensity. Through these images, the miraculous landscape of that place inspires me anew, and I can return there now, if only to re-mind myself that "nothing I am is unacceptable."
What draws my attention? I find I ultimately photograph what I yearn for, based on that particular moment of photo capture. The eye is just an extension of the deepest recesses of need. I am fascinated by the traces and spaces of the human, the actualities of the more than human world that is nature around us, and resulting interactions. I am drawn to images that evoke a poetic, or a secret/obscure explication. However, under all of these I sense a dramatic tension, a performance, or structure, perhaps the viewer "sees" that too.