I am a photographer of landscape, both natural, and that created by human habitation. There is a long tradition in the artistic portrayal of landscape. While I am rooted in that tradition, my approach is not traditional.
The unusual look of my photographs is created by the use of a glass sphere. Put simply, I use a hollow glass ball. It is about twelve inches round and made of clear blown glass. I do not directly photograph the landscape. I photograph its reflection on the glass surface; the environments behind and below the sphere create additional layers of imagery. On occasion, I insert an object into my sphere thus creating a reflected, surreal world for my selected subject.
When doing a photo shoot, I choose a location that I think will produce interesting distortions. It could be a garden, a beach, or a friends yard. Once I am there, I set up my “glass studio” on the ground and begin exploring potential images. I move my body and camera around while looking through the viewfinder. In this work, I have shunned computer manipulation in favor of manipulating light and reflection, before it reaches my camera.
I strive for a dreamlike quality, and a sense of timelessness.