"For Ansel" - Yosemite Valley - June 8, 2010

"For Ansel" - Yosemite Valley - June 8, 2010

I have been passionate about photography and the photographic process since I was a young teenager back in the days of film. I was influenced by my father who introduced me to this medium, and by famous photographers in varying disciplines, including Josef Sudek, Paul Strand, Ansel Adams, Minor White, and Duane Michaels. I spent countless hours in the darkroom in high school and college watching blank sheets of paper reveal the latent images that I had created and, for me, it was pure magic.

But technology marched forward and after many years of mixing chemicals and developing film and prints in the dark, the silver halide process gave way to digital imaging. With my acquisition of a flatbed scanner in the mid-1990's and then with my first digital camera in 2000 there was no going back. This change from film to electronic capture, along with learning the post-processing tools of the nascent digital era (i.e. Photoshop), served to exponentially expand upon the creative possibilities of what could be achieved after the shutter was pressed. That magical feeling of the old darkroom lives on today as I constantly seek new ways of seeing and capturing light and creating my final vision in the "digital darkroom."

As a photographer, my mission is to create images that connect with people, whether it be a sweeping landscape, an immersive 360° panorama, a virtual tour, or an environmental portrait.