When I photograph, be it buildings, landscapes or people, I am interested in uncovering a subtext in the subject that tells a story. The prints are my medium for retelling those stories. In my first book, Duotones, Color and Transformations, I presented a cross-section of work which addressed this approach in broad terms, primarily through the images themselves.
By 2008, however, I was looking more closely at the reason why I take photographs. I felt that duotones and color were not letting me express my ideas adequately. In the quest to create more evocative images, I developed a digital processing technique, which I called 'polychrome.' The resulting prints seemed to describe a space somewhere between reality and the abstraction of photography, and this intermediate reality was perfect for retelling stories. The first prints were embodied in "Legacies in Stone: Polychrome Series I" which has been exhibited in Berkeley, Albuquerque and Notre Dame.
In "Polychromes," I offer the ideas behind the process along with an annotated presentation of the complete "Legacies in Stone" series. In addition, I have included images from "Venice: City of the Sea - Polychrome Series II," a work in progress.
As always, I hope that in looking at my work you will discover the stories I seek out and, perhaps, other stories, as well.