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I think the digital camera would record that informaton too fast for me.

- Kim Weston

 

Often while traveling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts.

- Minor White

 

The key is to not let the camera, which depicts nature in so much detail, reveal just what the eye picks up, but what the heart picks up as well.

- Paul Caponigro

 

Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.

- Paul Strand

 

I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better or worse.

- Diane Arbus

 


 

Statement of Artistic Purpose:

Point Lobos  

Pooled Seawater on Eroded Rock
Point Lobos State Reserve, CA, 02/2012

Photographer Paul Caponigro said to Fred Picker while reviewing his portfolio that the water didn’t look wet. I remembered reading that comment when I started photographing at Point Lobos. My goal in this photograph and others that contain water was that I wanted the water to look wet.

 



My interest in photography began in high school. Hiding behind the camera allowed me to enter into a world I would not normally dare. I could communicate with others that I would not normally have the opportunity to communicate with. Photography first became a bridge to being accepted.

As I continued to photograph I found I quickly took to the elements that make photography a combination of art and science. I embraced the mechanics, physics and chemistry of the craft. More importantly I began to visualize, the world in a way that I could best comprehend and ultimately record it. An inherent benefit of photography is that one becomes acutely aware in the world.

As a photographer in the Navy, I had the opportunity to live the life of a professional photographer. I was rather good at creating acceptable photographs for the various assignments. I grasped the more advanced techniques required for producing technically good images. What interested me most was the art of photography, of which I had no formal training and little ability at that time. I just knew there was a difference between a photograph and photographic art, as I could see the difference.

For a few years after leaving the Navy I concentrated my photographic efforts on using a 4x5 field view camera. I was engrossed in the Zone System and studied the works of the photographic masters. At the time I began to see in shades of gray. I could feel exposures although I always confirmed them, and I was beginning to see beyond the actual subject matter and instead in shapes and tones. Personal life had its challenges and at some point, I simply stopped photographing. I would continue to do some professional work over the years, but did no personal work.

In the fall of 2010 I finally returned to photography and purchased a digital camera. I am happy I have the technical background and the experience using a 4x5 camera as I approach my use of my digital camera as if it were a view camera. It is almost always on a tripod. I like taking my time looking for what I believe is the best composition that is in front of me.

For me it is a given that a photograph must be as technically correct as possible. It must have a sharp image, proper exposure, and a composition that is pleasing to the eye and supportive to the scene. I prefer black and white photographs over color ones with the exception being that color is imperative to better share the message within the photograph. I am currently working with both digital and a little with large format film photography. I find a special fulfillment photographing abstracts in nature, most specifically flowing water. It is my desire to continue to grow both artistically and technically while enjoying the experiences and challenges of photography

I hope that the photographs contained within this websitewill speak to you of the joy I have had in their creation. They are a collection of my favorite images over the past six years.

Cherish life. Live it to the fullest. Live feeling blessed to walk on our beautiful Earth.

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