My inspiration for these Images is from illustrator Chris Van Allsburg’s wonderful children’s book, ” The Mysteries of Harris Burdick”. In it there are 14 imaginative drawings that invite the viewer to make up their own story to go with each evocative illustration. Similarly, these photographs are unfinished, they ask you to create the story behind them.
What animates these portraits of pairs is the energy they create as a result of being a unit.
I enjoy photographing statues because they are studies in form and grace. I am truly amazed by artisans who are able to coax subtle facial expressions, and the softness and delicacy of fabric, out of hard stone.
Trees are works of art created by years of exposure to the elements. Branching structures are shaped by proximity to neighboring trees, and by local conditions of soil, sun and wind. Their wonderful forms and irresistible textures offer infinite possibilities upon which light can play. Like people, trees have form, grace and personality. Snow, haze, rain and shade provide makeup and wardrobe that change their daily looks.
This series of photographs shows off the beauty of humble prairie plants in the tradition of the Dutch master painters. Their contribution to painting was to use the rich qualities of light to grace their ordinary subjects. My intent is to illuminate the simple, exquisite beauty of these often unseen or under-appreciated Wisconsin native species. All the prairie plants were photographed in my Sauk County studio and were picked in the surrounding yard.
These little compositions, with their nurturing sense of enclosure, sacred light, and objects crafted with love, represent more of a desired state of mind than a picture “of” something. They’re visual meditations on stillness, imagination, centeredness . . . . a call to hear an internal voice above the clatter outside. They’re photographs of silence.
These scenes captured my attention because I found they had a poetry about them. The photographs are more metaphor than truth. They offer visual pleasure, but also seem fertile with emotions, memories, dreams or associations that appear universal. In a way they’re undeveloped, they need your involvement to complete their meaning.