105 Sharon Street
Fine art photography
I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. As a child
I have memories of my family vacationing in Yosemite National Park
where I was mesmerized by the natural beauty and grandeur. I got
my first camera for my birthday at the age of 10. I took my first
photo class in High School and fell in love; I knew what I wanted
to do. I studied Art and Photography and the University of California
at Santa Cruz graduating in 1999. I continued to study with the help
of a co-worker and mentor at a local camera store learning more of
the technical and commercial side of photography.
While working in the photo retail industry I have seen the progress and paradigm
shift from film and darkroom to digital capture, manipulation, and printing.
I shoot and print digitally but prefer to leave image manipulation to a minimum
of what I could do in a traditional wet darkroom.
I have displayed my work in solo and group exhibitions on the East and West
Coast. I have been inspired by the work of Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Robert
Mapplethorpe, and Galen Rowell. I have a goal to keep pursuing my passion
for photography, nature, and sharing it with more of the world.
Photography is my way of exploring the world. It grounds me. It
keeps me in balance. I am very much drawn to the beauty found in
nature from a single leaf floating in a puddle to an expansive vista.
I find a way to capture what I see with my camera but also capturing
the moment in my soul. It nourishes the spirit with in.
The core element
that I strive for in my work is to convey a feeling, an emotion,
a mood, an experience. I hope the viewer can sense the emotional
and spiritual elements of the moment the image is captured. The moment,
the feeling, the memory, the experience is captured. To share this
experience, and moment, with another human being is to make a connection;
a connection that binds us as people and a society. If you can feel,
can sense - even a twinge - of that moment, that emotion, that experience…then
the connection has been made.
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray
in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. - John