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Melancholia: Fragments of a life - past and present
Life Preserve I've lost track of how long I've been here. Months? Maybe even years. I was expecting others to arrive by now but nothing has broken the monotony of my loneliness. The radio went out a few weeks ago. I think the batteries are dead. The nights ...
I've lost track of how long I've been here. Months? Maybe even years. I was expecting others to arrive by now but nothing has broken the monotony of my loneliness. The radio went out a few weeks ago. I think the batteries are dead. The nights are so long here in winter. The daylight is fleeting.
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Stills from a Dream - Imagined Worlds in Pinhole Photography
I have only recently discovered pinhole photography but it has unleashed a whole new creative world in which to frolic. For now, at least, I have placed my vintage glass on the shelf and opted for a lensless alternative. Chitina Emporium Ghost of Keystone M...
I have only recently discovered pinhole photography but it has unleashed a whole new creative world in which to frolic. For now, at least, I have placed my vintage glass on the shelf and opted for a lensless alternative. Chitina Emporium Ghost of Keystone Mine ...
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A Life on the Road
I've never before experienced such sustained contentment. Call it happiness but it's not as fleeting as that. When we traded our traditional sticks and bricks existence for one of reduced living space on the road, my wife and I weren't sure what to expect. ...
When we traded our traditional sticks and bricks existence for one of reduced living space on the road, my wife and I weren't sure what to expect. Our fantasies had us gallivanting around the United States as free as two birds. This huge country could never be fully explored in one lifetime so ...
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Soul Searching - The Lost Art of Imperfection
These days, I don't seek out or need the newest, shiniest, sharpest and highest resolution photographic equipment money can buy. In fact, I'm consumed in my quest for the complete opposite - a kind of illusive, soulful quality that I've only experienced sho...
These days, I don't seek out or need the newest, shiniest, sharpest and highest resolution photographic equipment money can buy. In fact, I'm consumed in my quest for the complete opposite - a kind of illusive, soulful quality that I've only experienced shooting with vintage lenses.
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Down by the Sea - An Ode to the Golden Hour
One morning I walked along the shore on a favorite beach of mine. I still had a lingering cough from a recent illness. Breathing in the sea air felt good. There was a tiny glimmer of life in the far distance, a man and his dog, but that was all at this earl...
One morning I walked along the shore on a favorite beach of mine. I still had a lingering cough from a recent illness. Breathing in the sea air felt good. There was a tiny glimmer of life in the far distance, a man and his dog, but that was all at this early hour.
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Pictures in Motion - Slowing Down Time with Pinhole Photography
A photograph typically represents a single moment in time. Exposures are measured in fractions of a second and can freeze in place a fleeting smile or a speeding car. When I moved from making films to making photographs, my mental process also shifted. In m...
A photograph typically represents a single moment in time. Exposures are measured in fractions of a second and can freeze in place a fleeting smile or a speeding car. When I moved from making films to making photographs, my ...
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Time Traveling - Finding Ghosts in a Gold Mine
Gatekeeper At 5:30 a.m. I was leaving the town of Wasilla in Alaska, sipping coffee and driving towards Independence Mine State Park at the top of Hatcher Pass. During my research the previous evening, I learned that this old gold mine is haunted. There hav...
Gatekeeper At 5:30 a.m. I was leaving the town of Wasilla in Alaska, sipping coffee and driving towards Independence Mine State Park at the top of Hatcher Pass. During my research the previous evening, I learned that this old gold mine is haunted. There have been several accounts of ghost ...
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Home on the Ranch
We're making it a winter tradition to visit Linda's parents at their ranch house in Texas. It's a kind of base for us to gather with our kids and extended family and a chance to come off the road to recharge. Live Oak Ranch, as it's known, is located fiftee...
We're making it a winter tradition to visit Linda's parents at their ranch house in Texas. It's a kind of base for us to gather with our kids and extended family and a chance to come off the road to recharge. Live Oak Ranch, as it's known, is located fifteen miles outside the little town of ...
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Life - The Truth is Out There
Traveling around a huge country like the United States teaches many lessons, but it mostly highlights my own ignorance. What I mean is that I have my own preconceived notion of what a place will be like before I arrive but the actual experience of being the...
Traveling around a huge country like the United States teaches many lessons, but it mostly highlights my own ignorance. What I mean is that I have my own preconceived notion of what a place will be like before I arrive but the actual experience of being there and learning about the area is ...
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Through a Pinhole - Experiments in Digital Photography
I'm always experimenting with lenses, old and new, in my attempt to capture a presence or soul in my work. Most recently, I've even attached an old bellows camera from the early 1900s to my camera.When I look back on these photographs, each has their own pe...
I'm always experimenting with lenses, old and new, in my attempt to capture a presence or soul in my work. Most recently, I've even attached an old bellows camera from the early 1900s to my camera.When I look back on these photographs, each has their own personality.
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Image Acquisition - Best Practices
I think it's fair to say that, for most people, the immediacy of digital photography is preferred over the film equivalent of the good old days. It's certainly less expensive than film, costing virtually nothing to shoot as many images as we please. This ca...
I think it's fair to say that, for most people, the immediacy of digital photography is preferred over the film equivalent of the good old days. It's certainly less expensive than film, costing virtually nothing to shoot as many images as we please. This can also lead to the side effect of ...
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Pictures in Motion - Slowing Time with Pinhole Photography
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Capturing emotion and mood has been an obsession of mine and over the years I have found ways to express it through music, painting and filmmaking. But all of this only served to gently guide me towards my real passion in life: photography. The ability to bring the chaos of one moment to a screeching halt in a silent and contemplative image is simply irresistible. I consider photography to be a gift of the highest order.

In my work, I use layers of texture to create a new dimension of atmosphere and emotion and my biggest thrill is the moment my pictures take on a life of their own.

I love to be out before the sun peaks over the horizon. You will most likely find me chasing the light over the vastness of the Snoqualmie Valley in Washington, one my favorite shooting spots.

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