Refining Dreams

As I venture into the world of color I feel it is important to keep my vision of dreams. With my black and white work it often evokes a dream or mysterious quality for viewers. It is always wonderful to hear customers share the stories they get from one of my photographs. Black and white itself separates most of us from reality since most of us see the world around us in color. My work with wet plate collodion, gelatin dry plate, salt prints and cyanotype print take it a step further.

With the new color work I've been doing, often I find the straight color image to be a little too literal, too realistic. As with much of my work, I'm looking to invoke a dream-like feel, a separation from reality. Like nature... a place where a person can get away from it all.

My new work is not unlike Pictorialism which was a style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. It was, and is, and approach which emphasizes beauty of subject matter, tonality, and composition rather than the documentation of reality.

In the next couple months I will be offering this work through my website, at my studio, and plan to sell at art festivals again this year.