Images of dramatic and/or unusual land-scapes are usually the things that spark my interest in travel to a place away from my home or a foreign land (illustrated by the photograph on the front cover flap), and indeed most of the photographs I return with are of such. But surprisingly enough, the ones that are most compelling and hang out the longest in my archives are those of the people I encountered along the way, especially those who live amidst those dramatic landscapes. I do have a particular style, however, as I prepare to photograph them. I try to photograph them within the context of where I encountered them, and try as much as possible to insure the context is as important to the success of the image as the person himself/herself. The closeup of the eye of an elephant may make for a compelling photograph but I, as the viewer, don't know if the subject was in the wild or in a zoo at the time it was taken. I like elephants too, but my goal is to photograph them within the context of the zoo (that I usually avoid) or the wild.
PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE • Course work in creative photography at UCLA, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, SF Art Institute, Friends of Photography (Carmel, California), Ruth Barnard (San Francisco) • Part-time instructor of landscape, macro and moonlight photography, UC Santa Cruz Extension and West Valley College, 1978 to 1989 • Wedding photographer, 1976 to 1998 RECENT/CURRENT/FUTURE EXHIBITS • 2008 Open Studios Art Tour© Exhibitor, Santa Cruz, California • Exhibit, Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, Sep–Oct ’08 • Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County Offices, Mar–May ’09 • Riva Fish House, Municipal Wharf, Mar–May ’09 • Los Gatos Open Juried Show, Apr ’09: First Place Award, Photography • Saratoga Rotary Art Show, May 3rd, 2009 • Santa Cruz Government Center, Jun–Aug ’09 • 2009 Open Studios Art Tour© Exhibitor, Santa Cruz, California PUBLICATIONS • CD-ROM: Stone Circles, A Photographic Tour. Database of 1600 stone circles/rows in the UK • 2006 Calendar: 12 Highest Mountains