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Creating contemporary abstract photography consumes my world.
While shooting on location, in complete openness to the environment, I often find myself suddenly stopped up short, struck by something visually stunning, special, unique of form, lines, patterns, color. Seeing is my profession, that’s what I do, ultra-penetrating perception, my goal. I create my image with the camera and lens as I see it, then post process it into a piece of art that begins to emerge in the limitless darkroom magic that is pixel editing. My final fine art print must go beyond the literal, be responsive to inner feelings, and create a new reality - it's purpose is to provoke reflection, a reaction in you, the viewer, the same emotion that stopped me in my tracks.
Nothing else matters when I am caught up in this “flow” of creative expression, focusing on the original visual impact, concentrating on the capture and improvising throughout the image processing - total involvement, total immersion, my becoming a part of it. The action carries me forward as if by magic. The moments, especially on location, are experiences of extreme joy, feelings of ecstasy, that stay in my mind, are the most interesting, that I wish would go on forever. Once I am in this situation, it’s incredibly real and I’m very much in charge of it. It becomes my entire world, this creative, process. I lose myself in it but gain optimal experience which is an end in itself, winding up enriched with new skills and fresh images. The art then becomes an exciting source of flow for me and hopefully for you the viewer, as well.
Based in Houston, Texas and Ennis, Montana, I am a travel and nature photographer, having shot worldwide for a number of years.
I maintained a contract with the photography stock agency Vision International, London from 1980 to1985.
I have been an active member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) since April 1, 1999 and became a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) in 2015.
In the 2017 and 2019 annual PPA International Photographic Competition, (IPC), 6 submittals were “awarded”, so I have 6 merits toward my Master’s Certificate (of 12 required).
I have been an active member of the Texas Professional Photographers of America since 2015.
I have been a proud member of Professional Photographers Guild of Houston since 2015 and have won 5 x First and Second Place Distinguished Image Awards in 2016-2018 and Best Illustrative/Scenic Award in 2016.
March 20, 2020: New York Center for Photographic Art, www.nyc4pa.com, Honorable Mention, International Open Call for Entry “Decay Corrosion Rust” Juror – Darren Ching. Image: “Blue Ice Constellations”, Blurb book available from the gallery.
May 3, 2020: Fusion Art, www.fusionartps.com, inclusion in the 5th Annual Animal Kingdom Online Juried Art Exhibition, Image: “I’m Back”
May 16, 2020: Black Box Gallery, www.blackboxgallery.com, curated into the Color: The Visual Spectrum exhibition at the Black Box Gallery and selected to be exhibited in the On-Line Annex gallery and published in the full exhibition catalog. Image “School’s Out” Blurb book available from the gallery.
May 23, 2020: New York Center for Photographic Art, www.nyc4pa.com, Honorable Mention International Open Call for Entry “From a Seed…A World of Botanicals” Juror – Aline Smithson. Image “Gone By”, Blurb book available from gallery.
June 4, 2020: Fusion Art, www.fusionartps.com, inclusion in the 2nd Annual Lines, Shapes and Objects Online Juried Art Exhibition, Image: “Step Up”
April 28, 2020: "I visited your website and the beauty and aesthetic quality of the photographs created a very serene and tranquil emotional response as I viewed them. I eagerly look forward to seeing more of your work." Jim Still.