Storytelling is an art form that dates back to the beginning of civilization. My allegorical stories attempt to sequentially lead the viewer through a series of images with both a literal and symbolic interpretation.
How does a rainforest survive the pace of human encroachment? Is a rainforest even worth saving when land resources are rapidly vanishing? Difficult questions to answer in a time where difficult choices need to be made. In the war between humans and nature, progress can only be measured from battle to battle. This series is an attempt to highlight the combined effects of these battles with the long term hope of affecting positively the final outcomes.
I have always been fascinated by history. Whenever I travel to a historic location, I take a moment and close my eyes, and try visualize what life must have been like for the people who may have occupied this particular scene. What were their thoughts, concerns, fears at that moment in time? How did that affect the task at hand? What sounds might they have heard in that scene? What odors were present? Did they taste or feel anything there? My purpose for my images here is to help you answer some of these questions.
My wife, Jayne, and I recently had the honor and privilege of attending and participating in the Quinceañera. The fiesta de quince años is a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday. This version of the Mexican tradition celebrates the young girl (la Quinceañera), and recognizes her journey from childhood to maturity. The coming-of-age customs highlight God, family, friends, music, food, and dance. It signifies a young girl’s transition in becoming a mature woman who is capable of independence, making her own decisions, as she faces the challenges of life ahead.
At the end of October, 2018, my wife, Jayne, and I visited the Hobbiton movie set situated on a family run farm near Matamata, in Waikato, New Zealand. As a fan of Peter Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" films, I wanted to visit as many of the filming locations as time permitted. Hobbiton was an example. Come with me to explore a glimpse into the fantasy world of the Hobbits in Middle Earth!
Is today, just another day? Or did we wake up this morning with some particular purpose or intent? Aside from life’s extremes, most of our moments are pretty mundane: another job to do; another game to play; another boring day to pass.
In December, 2011, my wife, Jayne, and I traveled back to Italy for the first time since our honeymoon in 1976. While there we explored what is considered to be the first theme park in the 1500's called “Monster Park”. It is located in Bomarzo, Italy.
What is it like for a product to state that it is “Made in the USA”? What does this really mean, especially in today’s economy? Is this just a cliche? Considering the state of the manufacturing industry, is it even worth discussing, since so many manufacturing jobs have disappeared to foreign shores? Answering these questions has become the essence of my project.
*** Featured in LensWork Magazine, Issue 115 *** Visitors to the province of Andalusia in southern Spain will immediately notice the beautiful Moorish architecture of many of its ancient mosques, palaces, and fortresses. From the time the Moors invaded Spain in 711 until they were finally defeated and expelled by the Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, in 1492, the Moorish influence dominated local architecture. Presented here are my examples of these often dramatic influences.
For more than twenty eight years, I have worked a cross-sectioned life in a cube consisting of three sides with six-foot high colorless partitions. The cube looks as if its external facade has been sliced away, exposing its contents and occupant to the whims and demands of the workplace. Here, we get to see the cogs at work in the great corporate machine.
*** Featured in Black & White Magazine, Issue 104 *** What is it about forgotten places that some people find irresistible? For me, it is the sense of history one gets while walking through structures shrouded in the mystery and moodiness of how time has reclaimed these abandoned spaces. Three former industrial sites, dating back to the early 1900’s, are featured here: a paper mill, a sweater mill, a radio factory.
*** Featured in Black & White Magazine, Issues 101, 103 *** My project is simply a celebration of the sense of awe I experienced during visit to the Sydney Opera House. My series starts with the exterior overture and moves recitatively through the interior arias. I have chosen to present an intimate look through the opera-like arrangements of the lines, shapes, and forms as I saw and felt them.