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Artist Statement

I have been a photographer since the early 1970’s. I have a degree in Advertising & Studio photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Most of my commercial work is digital, video and drone photography for advertising firms around the country.

Most of my career has taken place back East in Philadelphia and New York. I started photography working in large format 8x10 film and miss the intentionality and the ‘crafting’ of the image that happened then. I am currently drawn to shooting in the wetplate techniques from the 1840's that include shooting on black glass directly imaged in the camera. These are called Ambrotypes. As the black glass plate is coated wet and then loaded into a view camera and the image is made, these are one of a kind images and products. If the subject moves or the glass plate is damaged or dropped, that image is lost forever. Since the images are made while everything is wet, they are prone to artifacts that are not normally found in the digital work of today. When I closely look at them, I see little universes and stars in the swirls of the chemistry on plate. So there are a few levels of imagery here. Subject and artifact come together in one image.

I do however scan digitally the final, varnished plate for my records. These plates are varnished to protect them from tarnish as the image is made up entirely of pure silver molecules sitting upon black glass.

For the past 6 years I have worked with my partner on a women’s health site that focuses upon the use of complementary and alternative medicine in conjunction with modern Western medicine to better the outcomes in the health of the individual.

All of the images in this exhibit are crafted entirely with this show in mind. Enigmatic portraits were made with some aspects of health in mind such as Movement, Physical Strength, Peace, Humor and Support and others.

I travelled around parts of the country seeking landscapes that spoke to me while I focused on some of these concepts of healing. The intention of these landscapes is to help the viewer find some healing in the natural view while attending the New Mexico Cancer Center.

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