My goal is to create captivating images that help tell a story about a place and moment in time. I primarily work in black and white because of its unique ability to distill an image down to the ageless qualities of light and shadow, line and form, texture and gradations. I was trained in the classic Zone System technique which was pioneered by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer and still use its core principles in most of my work. I am not dedicated to a particular camera system or format and will use whatever tool works best for the image, whether that be an iPhone, digital cameras I've modified for infrared photography, or a traditional large-format view camera. But my most personally satisfying work is usually done with my classic Deardorff view camera. It is a relic from another era in photography but it forces me to slow down and take the time to really contemplate what I am trying to create. There is also a certain visceral, tactile sensation that comes from the feel of the wood and brass, it's scent of leather, and the sight of one's subject on the ground glass, that cannot be found in modern equipment.
I have created many of my favorite landscape images with Kodak's large format infrared film. This was a notoriously difficult film to work with and few photographers bothered with its complexities but I found that it had incomparable, ethereal quality that captured the magic of many of the places I photographed in a way that no other medium could. Sadly Kodak discontinued this film years ago and my once large stockpile has dwindled to a few remaining boxes. Yet this cloud has a silver lining as it is inspiring me to explore other ways to create images that capture the scene and emotion I see and feel standing behind the camera. I have dusted off my old photography texts and am experimenting with historical photographic processes like Van Dyke Browns and cyanotypes. These techniques may seem anachronistic in a world of instant photographic gratification but when it comes to creating beautiful prints that can be enjoyed for years to come, we have much to learn from the masters of earlier eras.