I view the world as the interplay of structures and forms, both natural and human-made, with life in all its multiple varieties. Grand vistas, as well as simple scenes, are built of intricate details that show the relationships of nature to nature, nature to humankind, and/or human to human. I strive to explore these relationships in my portrait, landscape, and travel photography. Through my photography, I aim to present a visualization of these relationships that connects with the viewer on a level beyond that of being solely a “pretty picture.”
My photography is an outgrowth of my love of nature. This love stems from my early childhood in the 1960s, growing up with hundreds of undeveloped acres of ponderosa pines and basaltic cliffs to explore behind our backyard in Spokane, Washington. Eventually, my explorations to, and love of, natural places led to a Masters Degree in geology, a field I work in today (when not out doing photography). Similarly, my love for photography grew. I graduated from a Kodak Instamatic camera in grade school to at twin-lens reflex in middle school, and finally a 35-mm single-lens reflex camera in high school and college. In 2004, I went “digital” and now currently shoot with a Canon 50D digital SLR.
Though my portfolio contains images from around the world, I hold a special love for my home, the Pacific Northwest, and the American Southwest, (which led me to name my photographic company, Seldom Seen Photography, after a fictional character from southern Utah). I have earned several national and international awards for photography, including a Highly Commended award in the 2007 Art Wolfe Environmental Invitational. National Geographic maps, Washington State Tourism and Northwest Travel magazine, among others, have published my work. I have written several travel photography articles and teach photography in the classroom as well as to individuals.