I seek to uncover the beauty found around me in nature. My journey of discovery involves hiking and paddling into remote, wild landscapes in Maine, some in Canada. From time to time I leave the confinement of deep forests, put my boots on new ground, and open my lens up to the wide open spaces of Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.
What taps my artistic energies for any landscape large or small? For the most part I'm not a point-and-shooter, standing at the turnout on I-95. I'm this off-trail elder, deep in the woods and waters, finding my way by map and compass, aerial photographs and well-seasoned instincts from years in the Maine Woods as a forester and adventure educator. This is what connects me with unique, remote place-based locations.
Artistic. This word barely captures my experience with creativity, let alone art... On location, the art I discover emerges from moment-by-moment tracks through the flow and mix and wash of sunlight and shadow, as well as my being present with color splashing around me one minute - then buried in deep shadow five seconds later. To my way of seeing, this bathes and enhances the minutiae of small things, as well as the reach of deep, vast landscapes.
When I discover a unique, beautiful subject, it connects with my eye-scan and I may feel a sense of possibility or illumination inside/out. When capturing and editing compelling subjects, this deeper immersion tends to exhaust me by the time the subject-of-the-moment is done with me. As the late Galen Rowell commented, "if you're not feeling emotionally engaged with whatever is before you, don't take your camera out of the case until you feel some kind of emotional connection with the subject at hand."
At other times, my creative work is not so esoteric. Instinctively, even thoughtlessly, I point - I shoot - I get it right against all odds. Whether it's light beams on icy leaves in the forest, or light and shadow sweeping across a deciduous slope, I've never had a wealth of time to think, consider and reset all of this or that when capturing a quality image.
A local critic once remarked, "you must have wore out many pairs of boots capturing images of interesting subjects in fleeting moments of time."