As I walked up the sloping path that led to a bearberry covered drumlin in Truro the fog had transformed the landscape into one filled with photographic possibilities. I have stood here many times before in anticipation of a morning such as this and I am anxious to get started.
Whether it is a barrier beach on Cape Cod, a red rock canyon in Utah or a glacial lagoon in Iceland, using photography to record the details that give shape and form to the land is how I communicate the wonder that resonates from such places.
After graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art with a degree in painting and some years later from Tufts University with a degree in education, I taught art to physically disabled students at a hospital school in Massachusetts, created enameled art while in Santa Fe, New Mexico and participated in a dance improvisation group with creative movement innovator Barbara Mettler in Tucson, Arizona.
I was almost thirty when I purchased a 35mm camera. Although I had no formal training in photography I felt certain that I like many other photographers before me could learn the art of making photographs while fulfilling the urge to once again create my own art. When my volkswagen was totaled in an accident the money from the insurance settlement equipped my darkroom and my life as a photographer began.
I no longer use the camera I purchased in 1976. The small format was unable to produce the photographic quality I desired, so I purchased a large format view camera. This camera evolved from simple wooden boxes that were the earliest known cameras. Their basic design of 2 nesting boxes that slid in and out of one another for focusing was primitive when compared to the modern view camera. In the large format camera the image that can only be viewed from beneath the dark cloth, appears on the groundglass both up side down and reversed. While adapting to this new approach took some time. I knew the increased film size would be far superior to the smaller format in rendering the fine detail and tonal range of nature photography.
From the start I maintained a color darkroom where for over 2 decades I produced exhibit quality Cibachrome prints. Imaging software -lightroom and photoshop- are now the tools used in post processing.
Today a digital camera ( canon 1DS Mark 111) and a digital workspace has replaced the film camera and the wet darkroom.
For many years the New England landscape, particularly Cape Cod was the theme of my photography. That changed with my first trip to Ireland in 1987, followed by the Greek Islands, Iceland, the American Southwest and Scotland.
I first exhibited my photography at an outdoor art show in Andover, Massachusetts in 1981. Several print sales and a second prize ribbon encouraged me to continue and I am still on the art show circuit, earning a living doing something that has become part of the fabric of my life, a life enriched immensely by photography.
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