Intentions

Photography is a very significant means of creative expression for me. Fundamentally it allows me to gratify my left/right brain tendencies. Artistically it is an ideal medium as I can be outdoors and adventurous while being singularly focused and meditative. It is an area of life where I am free to explore the boundary of my inner world and the material world around me. The litmus test I use for showing my work is having a visceral connection to an image when viewed on the computer or under the loupe, like butterflies in the stomach. It is this resonance that makes photography worthwhile for me and gives me the courage to expose my efforts to others. The picture is in fact a little piece of me—the butterflies externalized.

Throughout my life the sea and ocean have inspired and moved me. My educational background is in the marine sciences (Maritime Geography and Marine Biology) and through ocean photography I aspire to promote care and respect for the marine environment. Many of my images focus on wave dynamics, sand abstracts and beach topography as well as the kaleidoscope of items, both organic and inorganic, washed up by the sea. A passion of mine is to take photographs of waves from within the water or at the water's edge. The intimate freeze action of droplets, foam and the sensuous curve of the waves become especially intense when you too are moving within the wave. It is as if you are a giant water molecule. As well the bonds that hold water droplets together are evidenced at the explosive edge of the cresting water and in the pull up the face of the wave. When looking at the final still images from these dynamic wave sessions, I am reminded of the texture of jelly-fish or ice sculptures.

I am currently absorbed in an exploration of movement—in the water and on land. I am capturing wind signatures and the intense energy of Pacific storms in my locale of the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of those images are presented here and more will be added over time.

Portfolios

Storm in Motion

Storm in Motion

Wave Studies I: Wave's End

Wave Studies I: Wave's End

Wave Studies II: Seascapes

Wave Studies II: Seascapes

Abstracts I

Abstracts I

Urban I

Urban I

Nascent Work: Multiples

Nascent Work: Multiples

Intentions Taking Pictures by the Ocean (2005) Photo biography Show resume Studio and contact