“An ordinary fabled life”
In 2015 my family and I joined other photographers on Doug Beasley’s “Spirit of the middle kingdom, China” Vision quest workshop. We explored Yunnan Provence, SW China & Shangri-La, Tibet. These photos were selected out of many because I feel they encapsulate an essence and emotion palpable thru out our journey.
Although themes sometimes emerge, I approach my work deliberately without a theme in mind, choosing instead to capture reality in all its disarray – mundane, beautiful, elegant, jarring, and sometimes all of these at once. I am fascinated by the multitude of images that pass us by in our daily lives, images that are, if captured and held up for a moment of our attention, suddenly revealed as something extraordinary.
As a digital artist, I place myself outside the “purist” camp, instead embracing current technology to enhance my vision through retouching and color correcting photographs. I find this to be an exciting part of the creative process, and liken it to early darkroom technology and traditional “burning and dodging” manipulation.
In this exhibit I have further manipulated the initial image in order to convey more tactile, fragile, organic and traditional aspects of the journey. The substrate choice and printing, along with the bamboo rods are meant to be tangible aspects in the art reflecting nature and tradition found in Chinese scrolls.
I graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design with honors, and currently reside on a five-acre hobby farm with my wife and son, four Alpacas, two dogs and a cat.
Art works in this exhibit are NFS.
A special thanks to Scott Cable printer, Sue Hilton seamstress and Doug Beasley teacher.