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



Portfolios and a little commentary below...

Update in progess:

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.


A Statement of Artistic Process and Purpose:

My interest in photography began in high school. I was very shy at the time and found that by hiding behind the camera I could 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 an art. I embraced the mechanics, physics and chemistry of the craft. And I also began to visualize, to see the world in a way that I could best comprehend it and ultimately record it. An inherent benefit of photography is that one becomes acutely aware.

As a Navy Photographer I had the opportunity live to live the life of a professional commercial photographer. I was rather good at the business of creating acceptable photos from the various assignments. But what interested me most was the art of photography, of which I had no training or ability at that time. I just new there was a difference as I could see the difference.

Fortunate enough to have the experience gained from time in the Navy I was technically strong. This allowed me to work on visualization. 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 could see in black and white - or as I believe better said - shades of gray. I could feel exposures (although always confirmed with my Pentax 1 degree digital spot meter) and I was beginning to see beyond the actual subject matter and saw in shapes and tones. 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 purchased a digital camera. Since that time I have been slowly reunited with photography. I am very happy I have the technical background and the experience with using a 4x5 camera as I approach my use of my small four-thirds Panasonic Lumix GF-1 as if it were a view camera. It is almost always on a tripod unless shooting on the street. I like taking my time and looking for what I believe is the best compost ion that is in from of me. Technically I still have it - visually it is a slow process to perfect. Maybe because perfection is not attainable, though I see photographs of other artist that I do call perfect. Maybe I am restricted to only great, not perfection? But even getting to great - well that takes a lot of time if it ever is achieved.

For me a photograph must be as technically correct as possible. It must have a sharp image, proper exposure, and a composition that supports the scene. I prefer black and white photographs over color ones with the exception being that color is imperative to better tell the story.