Often man-made creations are the antithesis of creative beauty. I look for those examples of clear and simple beauty, complex symmetry or juxtaposed geometry in man-made objects. Every object has a perspective of beauty. Finding that perspective takes an open and present mind. Something for which we all aspire.
Nature inspires me a great deal and when I can combine landscape photography with another genre, it is near perfection. Whether it is the grand seasons of New England, cities like New York and Boston, the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico or Baja California, the mountains of the West, the plains of the Midwest or Canada and Europe, capturing the beauty of nature remains with me long after the photograph records the moment.
Nature offers all of us an opportunity to connect our souls to the earth. It is a fundamental necessity and photographs allow us a moment to reminisce that celebration.
Capturing a portrait can be planned or spontaneous. The lighting can change the mood and character but it is always the eyes that speak to us. Here are some examples of how differently the eyes connect with our soul. The eyes can reflect all the emotions from curiosity to happiness, wonder to fatigue, boredom to enchantment.
A portrait can be a face alone, a body or many individuals in an environmental setting. The variety of options and arrangements are endless as are the results.
As with all nature, there is something special about water that reaches to the soul. It is calming in its sight and its sound. It compels us to stop and appreciate the ambiance, if only for a moment.
We long to see its movement in every season whether it is the methodical pounding of waves coming to shore, a waterfalls lost battle with gravity, a streams gentle and ever changing reflections of the sky above or the wind having its way with the surface.
There can be no better compliment to an architect than photographing his labors. Architecture can connect with the soul in so many ways. The lines, shapes, depth, symmetry, shadows or color can mingle with our senses striking a chord that endures.
Photographing interior and exterior architecture chronicles and reinforces that connection. Done right, the audience need not have experienced the moment first hand appreciating the image for what it represents.
In a category of architecture all by itself, the church is a symbol of pride and devotion. Capturing the stature and prominence is vitally important. Night is often the best time to capture the outer beauty, especially if it is well lit. But in daylight, images reflecting purity and clarity can covey honor, dignity and goodness.
Appreciating the beauty of well-designed place of worship through photography is a testament to its creators and patrons.
The sun provides us with the essential ingredient to all photography, light. It adds dimension, weight and significance. It permits composition by giving us shadow, color and detail. It warms us even in the chill of winter.
All pictures shown here are available in print, acrylic or canvas. Framed or unframed.