Artists are like dentists. Both want to get you to open your mouth. The dentist, of course, to inspect your (hopefully) pearly whites, evaluate your dental hygiene, and intervene as necessary. The artist, on the other hand, is driven to create a reaction in the viewer, from pleasure, to astonishment, to empathy or even anger.
Most artists tend to be introverts. In their never-ending search for meaning, they poke and prod the interiors of their experience, looking for something important to share with their viewers, operating on the assumption that what moves them will move you, as well. Whether music, cinema, sculpture, poetry, painting or photography, the artist’s goal is achieved when they have made a statement that resonates with their audience.
Landscape photographers have it easy – after a fashion. With the entire world to choose from, they simply have to decide what to leave out. Imagine the Grand Canyon captured at sunrise after a massive snowfall. Or, aspens turning to a field of gold high on the slopes of the San Francisco Peaks. Perhaps the silent majesty of a sun setting across a Sahuaro studded desert, pushing the spectrum into mauves and purples. Nature provides an always changing smorgasbord of views to choose from. Unlike painters, who decide what elements to put in their composition, photographers have to decide what to leave out.
Not everyone will have the chance, or the inclination to lug a heavy backpack full of camera gear miles into the wilderness, or get up hours before the sun, or slog through vast reaches of desert, arroyo, mesa and wash and then wait patiently for hours or even days for the “light to get right.”
The images I am sharing here represent a broad cross-section of my work, both urban and rural. My website is broken down into portfolios, each of which is curated to show a more diverse collection of each particular subject. My hit rate is about one percent. By that, I mean that for each image that you see in a portfolio, there are ninety-nine that didn’t make the cut. I sincerely hope you enjoy them. Facial expressions are welcomed, but not required!
nota bene: I print all of my own images on archival paper using a 12 pigment ink, 44” Canon ImagePrograf printer. In consultation with Robert Hilton, our gallery director, we select the appropriate matting and framing for each piece. The work is framed By Ron Marshall, the head of our framing department.