"I learned the value of hard work by working hard."
These are the most recent photos I've taken, arranged in no particular order with no particular theme.
"Each color lives by its mysterious life."
One of things I hate most about winter is that there's nothing but white, brown, gray and black wherever you look. I find it a depressing and tedious time of the year. I love color—bold, beautiful color!—and shoot almost all of my photography in summer and fall, the peak of color in New England.
"Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light."
I'm fortunate to live in an area that has an almost limitless array of flowers, trees, gardens, and greenhouses. I find these my most peaceful photos, and I love the memories attached to each one.
"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms."
I meet a lot of animals—when I'm walking through the woods, when I'm visiting friends and family, and, of course, when I visit the many farms in our area. Here are some photos of the creatures who stopped long enough for me to snap a picture.
"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality."
This is an ongoing project in which I'll try to focus on photographing colors and shapes more for form than for content. This is the one part of my portfolio that I'm most unsure (and therefore most excited) about, so it should be fun to see where it takes me in the months and years ahead.
Morning and Evening
"In the morning, a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Photography is about capturing just the right light, which usually occurs at dawn or dusk, when the angle between the sun and the earth's surface is very narrow, turning the atmosphere into a giant light diffuser. My goal over the next few years is to get out more at both of these times in each of the four seasons.
Black and White
"When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls."
While I shoot most of my work in over-saturated color, here are a few shots of my ongoing experiments with black and white photography.
Here and There
"Adventures befall the unadventurous as readily, if not as frequently, as the bold."
Western Massachusetts is a great place to wander aimlessly—you meet some, um...unique people and find yourself in some interesting places. These are some photos I took while walking around the Pioneer Valley that don't belong to any particular project, but I liked them enough to post. I guess the theme of this page is that oftentimes you find yourself in situations that don't neatly fit into a theme—that's why is this is one of my favorite pages.
"In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful."
I take a lot of photos of trees. This dawned on me only recently when I was looking through my photo library for the past few years, and I began to realize how much of a role trees play in my life. Trees comfort me, and I feel most at home when I'm surrounded them. They've always acted as a sort of protective blanket against the outside world, so I suppose it's only natural that I would point my cameras their way time and again.
Photos that contain trees in some way are sprinkled throughout some of the my other galleries, but the ones here really treat the tree (its shape, color, or place) as the essential subject of the photo.
"Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I love macro photography—seeing into the hidden worlds that most of us overlook as we go about the drudgery of our daily lives. It's beautiful and fascinating, and when done just right, offers a peak into an existence invisible to the naked eye.
"It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument."
For me, the iPhone 8 Plus, which I bought in November 2017, is the first smartphone that can take the place of a basic point-and-shoot camera with little to no compromise. It's on me all the time and its versatility is allowing me to rethink when, where, and how I can take a photo. And so I begin my journey into iPhoneography. Here are the first few photos; more to come in 2018.
Look for America
"Nowhere else in history has there ever been a flag that stands for the right to burn itself. This is the fractal of our flag. It stands for the right to destroy itself."
While it's impossible nowadays to do anything related to the American flag in a political vacuum, these photos have no real aim. I simply see the American flag in a lot of interesting places, and when I see something interesting I take a photo. So without further ado...
"We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one."
I live in a part of the world filled with lakes and ponds and rivers and streams, not to mention that the ocean is only a few hours away. Water will become more of a major theme of my photography in the coming years.