Collections

Listed here are the collections of images to be found on this website. Each represents a unique grouping of my images, sorted by location, topic, type or simply whim. Please explore these and enjoy!

Images can be individually purchased from the Artist (see sales and pricing page).

Civil War:
Most all of these images come from the world of Civil War Re-enacting. As a participant in these living history events I have had a unique viewpoint from which to photograph the events themselves and also the participants as they strive to portray an “impression” from a time long past in an effort to make sure that it is not forgotten by bringing it to life in the here and now. Experiencing this first hand can, in the proper circumstances, provide one with an experience as close to time travel as one can have. Civil War re-enacting becomes an addicting past time, and, of course, lends itself well to photography, as this was the first war to be captured on film by photographers. As a member of the Photographic Society of Chattanooga I was privileged to have had a gallery showing of many of these images at the Blackwell Gallery in July and August of 2008.
Windows:
A common theme with photographers, likely due to the inherent voyueruism, curiosity and need for story present in us all. A window viewed from the outside immediately opens the questioning mind with wonder about what is going on inside the room behind the window. We can each fill in our own story in answer to this universal question. Likewise, a window viewed from the inside gives the viewer a similar opportunity to wonder not only about what is going on in the world outside the window but the details surrounding the window on the sill and elsewhere suggest additional aspects of story from the inside. So everywhere that I am wandering around with camera in hand, I am fascinated by windows and the stories that they suggest.
Doors:
A door is a portal for going in or for going out. We are always engaged in that process in all of life. We adorn our doors with meaning. We wear our doors with use. The outside of our doors often falls prey to the abuse of the elements, providing images of wear and aging not unlike those one sees on an aging human face.
Chairs:
We spend a good bit of our lives in chairs, resting in one way or another. An empty one is an invitation to such rest and often with it comes a sense of tranquility in the mere act of contemplating sitting down in it. We recall a pleasant time on vacation, or time spent reading while holding a child, or the image of our long departed relative comes to mind in a whistful reminiscence.
San Juan Mountains:
We are truly blessed to have a small cabin high in the San Juan Mountains, away from power lines and all the other trappings of our modern civilization. We escape there as often as time allows and with each and every visit are overcome with the rugged and ever changing beauty of God’s creation. Needless to say, there is no lack of subject matter here! From the broad vistas of the mountain peaks and valley floors to the details of ghost towns or flowers in an alpine basin images are literally everywhere.
Religious:
Religious art has long been a fascination for me, especially stained glass and statuary in churches. The Gospel story is proclaimed through every possible medium and “images of these images” is an irresisitible attraction for me. These same themes can often be found outside a church as well, exisiting as they do in the natural world waiting to be discovered.
New Mexico:
My wife is the desert rat of the family, but I have come to love our trips there as well. We visit New Mexico fairly often and in contrast to the lush greenery of our nearby alpine environs the stark beauty of the desert brings more wonder and joy with an entirely different set of images to be taken.
Ireland:
We have made several trips here and feel an affinity to this wonderful place and the people who reside there. We tend to visit in winter because it is cheap and there are a minimum of competing tourists, thus making the local attractions more accessible to visit and also to photograph. The beauty of the countryside and the details of every day life in the towns and villages provides plenty of subject material for the lens of my camera.
Lookout Mountain, TN:
Our hometown, and a truly marvelous place to call home. I have been working off an on since moving here to capture it in all seasons and types of weather. Contained in this gallery is the start of what is to be a longterm project.
Chattanooga, TN:
Located just below the point of Lookout Mountain this gem of a small city is also home. There is a wealth of opportunity here for photography in all seasons and types of weather. I enjoy going all over the city looking for images of day to day life, architecture, landscapes and the like. The Photographic Society of Chattanooga has been a great source of inspiration and information for me, and provides for members many opportunities to share and exhibit their work.
Florida:
Many of these images were taken during our final year in the state of Florida. We essentially grew up and were educated there, spending the last 20 years in Sarasota.
Maine:
The bulk of these images come from a trip we took on the Angelique, a windjammer based in Camden. We were fortunate to be on-board for the annual Race Week in 2006. My Bride spent the week reading and resting. I had the camera in my hand from morning to night shooting images of everything in sight, dropping it only long enough to sleep and eat(sometimes not even then). It was a wonderful experience, and one I hope to have again!
New York City:
Our daughter moved to the Big Apple several years ago and we are now becoming adept at visiting the city. I enjoy the wealth of inspiration to be found at the many galleries and museums in Manhattan. Here are some of my favorites: International Museum of Photography. There is no lack of subject material for image making as we wander the streets, especially for “Sidewalk Art”
California:
Occasional visits to the “Left Coast” are, of course, well photographed. Most of the fun is in trying to see the tourist attractions with an eye to catching a special image that renders an impression from a unique point of view. This is not an easy task given the frequency with which most of these places have been photographed by much better photographers than I.
Pacific Northwest:
We lived for two years early on in our married life in Portland, Oregon under the shadow of Mount Hood. We arrived the summer after the eruption of Mount St. Helens and we remain profoundly impressed with the grandeur and beauty of the entire area, especially on those rare days when the sun makes an appearance! We return as often as we can, but recently this has been confined to medical conferences and photography has had to take a back seat to the real world of medical education.
Details:
Virtually anywhere I go with camera in hand there are detail images to be shot. Rhythms and patterns and textures are interesting and appealing on a variety of levels and take the viewer to a perspective on an object which is hopefully new and creative.
Abstracts:
Modern “art” is more and more abstract and less and less representational. Abstract images are all about us in the world and the patterns that “work” for this sort of image are great fun to look for and capture. Taking an upside down perspective, distorting color, shape and line from the usual day to day view takes artist and viewer out of the mundane comfort zone we find ourselves in most of the time. An image may be interesting precisely because it is a new thing, not found in our prior experience.
Shadows:
Where there is light there are shadows, often as beautiful in their own right as the illiminated objects from which they are cast. They change with the light, but since they represent gradations of the absence of light there is a certain mystery to their existence. I enjoy exploring these changing mysteries and capturing them.
Reflections:
Reflections are the bounce back of light and in a way the opposite of shadows. The change in character of an object reflected off a surface can be a metaphor for us in many aspects of our lives. Often the light is reflected precisely but inverted. Photographers run to grab the image of a perfectly reflected shoreline and background in a tranquil mountain lake. More often than not, there is some additional distortion caused by the reflecting medium which can completely change the character of the original image rendering in unrecogniziable, but beautiful none the less. Part of the “play” in dealing with these types of images is to make it just recognizable enough to leave the viewer with the possibility of figuring out what the undistorted reflection represents.
Glass:
Color, light, texture, shape and shadow…..glass has it all. It is all around us and it is used in art in many ways. I enjoy seeking it out “in the wild” and using it for images, often abstractions.
Paint:
Paint, especially peeling old paint, gives me a chance to play with light, color and texture to create a pleasing image, often an abstraction that speaks to viewers sense of change with time.
Rust:
It seems that rust, like gravity, is there and coming for all of us! The old and comfortable must be renewed and protected with paint from time to time, creating anew the original. When we see rust as the focal point in an image see decay captured and frozen.
Pipes:
Pipes convey all sorts of things from one place to another, protecting their contents in the process for the ravages of the outside world. They show this in their exterior characteristics. Pipes, like people, are often grouped together and can become very complex. They are fun to photograph for this reason.
Sidewalk Art:
In a way I hesitate to tell this story, but here goes. Many years ago we visited the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. One of the most impressive pieces, and the only one I actually remember, was a huge piece of painted white canvas, painted white with wall paint. There was no image on it at all, only white. Oh, I was impressed all right! Impressed that an “artist” had actually sold this to a museum as “art”!* I literally thought, “ok, if this is art, then I can find “art” in images made on every sidewalk on which I stroll. If you simply look down there is a whole world there, with many stories to tell. I left the museum and immediately began this project, using my Sony Cybershot! Now my family hates to walk with me, as I am often stopping to photograph “junk” on the street or sidewalk. People look at me strangely, and my family moves on leaving me farther and farther behind while ignoring me, but how can I resist? There it is: “art!” *I suppose that particular artist had the last laugh, as that piece certainly did make an impact one me and I assume that is what it was created to do.
Boats:
As a Floridian and erstwhile descendent of Lord Nelson I seem to have an inborn love of boats and ships. One of my favorite quotes is from Ratty in the Wind and The Willows…..”there is nothing, abosolutely nothing, so enjoyable as messing about in boats”. Regretably my Bride does not share this particular passion. Something about seasickness, fears of the water and hating to swim and that sort of thing…..go figure. So I am drawn to create images of them when I can.

Architecture: To be added, check back soon……

Waterfalls: To be added, check back soon……

Stereoview: To be added, check back soon…..

Pinhole: To be added, check back soon……