“I prefer the term extract over abstract, since I cannot change the optical realities, but only manage them in relation to themselves and the format.”
Ansel Adams from “Examples-The Making of 40 Photographs”
Through my photos, I strive to find beauty in the mundane. It is hard to describe to passers-by why I am photographing the side of a bus or standing on a ladder on the side of a road, trying to reach a sign. Most of the time people will see the beauty that I am seeing and will smile. Often they will remark that they never noticed that before.
I never use a tripod. Instead, I use body positioning and breathing techniques to ensure a sharp, properly aligned image. Sometimes this requires several minutes of preparation for just one exposure. I am looking for decisive focus. When composing an image, I try to include only what is necessary and edit out everything else.
I use Polaroid integral film for several reasons. Besides being a singular image, each is a unique object and the mechanical process of spreading the chemicals over the exposed image imparts a painterly quality that can’t be simulated. Also, since each photo is self-contained, I can only control composition and exposure in the camera.
I was born in 1969. At the University of Illinois I earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. Afterwards, I worked as an Industrial Designer in Chicago but now focus my creative energies on photography.