Introduction to the Landscape
THE HARDEST PART ABOUT BEING A NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER is deciding what and where to photograph. After seven years of exploring the mountains of New England and the national parks of the west I passed this view while driving on the Massachusetts Turnpike a few miles east of Boston. It was so compelling that I had to photograph it although I could not concieve of shooting with a view camera on a busy Interstate highway but there was no other choice. In a few days in May in the early 1980s it evolved into rainbows of colors from buds alone to challenge the glory of autumn but with a pointillist texture that left the wonderful silver tree branches exposed. It became the inspiration for all my future work. I photographed on the Pike at two locations dozens of times for over ten years.
I photographed landscapes for 28 years and went through three cars and 20,000 sheets of 4"x 5" film. The images are all from unexpected places I found just by driving with an occasional treck down a well trodden path. Several of the best are from elevated sections of interstate highways.
That episode ended with 911 and I begain photographing flowers in my studio and creating "interpretations" of musical instruments.
All my images enlarge beautifully to ten feet or more. I can also tailor the interpretations to specific color schemes. Almost all my prints are made to order to special sizes. Send me a picture of the place where they will hang and I will send you a simulation. Call me or e-mail me to talk about your needs.
Below: Reeds, Wind, and Blue Water from the the gallery "A Pond In Maine." Click on the image (or in the menu above) to go to the gallery.
Further below, Contradance No. 4 with Ostinato for Sixteen Saxophones and Contradance No. 4x2 with Ostinato for 32 Saxophones, up to 40" x 124."
I BEGAN EXPLORING FARTHER AFIELD in New England and eventually through the southeast when exhibitions of my work pulled me in that direction. However, northern New Enland became a wonderful place to visit often and my roadside experiences continued. Below is the edge of a pond in Acadia National Park.
INSTRUMENTAL INTERPRETATIONS: This is a varition on a project I began in the mid-1990s to use the forms of musical instruments to create completely new images. I took up the project again about fifteen years later. In these more recent versions the image is composed primrily of edges (or outlines if you wish) thus permitting layering and seeing through another. The image at the right is titled "I Can See Right Through You."
At first this may seem a neat trick, but I found as I worked with it amazing possibilities. In the image below, I have taken a saxophone, bent it carefully and combined it with 15 copies. I call the image Contradance with Ostinato." An ostinato is a repeated figure in music that plays in the background. Here I use the forground image, reduced in size and multiplied to to create the background ostinato. Once these elements are in place, there are infinite variations possible, a few of which are shown in the saxophone gallery."
FOR VENUES THAT DEMAND WIDE IMAGES, the above "Contradance" can be doubled to 40" x 124", most likely printed as a canvas due to the difficultly of framing. Note that the foreground of this image is composed 32 individual elements, it can be evolved into images of complex color schemes and geometric variations depending on the needs of the environment.
THE THREE IMAGES ABOVE and the one below illustrate a few of the infinite possibilities of edges with transparency. Clicking on the images will take you to their respective galleries which include the original photographs from which these images were made.
THE TWO IMAGES BELOW EXPRESS how I was captivated by the view from into the tree canopy. I was overlooking a maple swamp on the Massachusetts Turnpike about 12 miles east of Boston on the east-bound side of the Pike. The view was a result of a valley having been filled to keep the Pike level. It left me a vantage point about 50 feet over the ground below looking directly into the tree canopy. The maple trees were beginning to bud in surprising red and orange. As spring advanced more colors appeared. I photographed what I call the Weston overlook for over 10 years. Click on either image to go to the gallery to see other images I made from the Pike, primarily from this location and another on an entrance ramp at Exit 11.
MELANGES are images of flower petals or blossoms from my wife's garden, photographed immediately after picking. It takes over 100 exposures to produce a finished image. The images can be divided into sections or cropped to any shape. Photography is in my studio with diffuse daylight so there are no shadows but colors are as brilliant as outdoors in full sunlight. Detail, even in a 10' print is as if the flower were there in front of you.