Style and Technique
Dwelling, Colorado Plateau
How did your own photography evolve as far as style, subject
matter and technique?
I make photographs and still make photographs of the natural environment.
It's a love because that was part of my life before I was involved
in photography. The highlight of my year as a youngster was the
two weeks we spent every year in Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada
camping and hiking and exploring as a family vacation. So when I
became interested in photography and further being inspired by the
work that I saw of Ansel and others, it was a natural extension
to go back to these places that I knew as a kid and explore them
with my camera. But a few years ago, extending the reach of the
subject matter from what we sometimes refer to as "Rocks & Roots"
Photography, I began to explore in the Southwest ancient Anasazi
sites that had been abandoned. And it seemed like a logical extension
because they are situated in such a spectacular landscape of the
Southwestern Canyon country.
Tell us about how photographing the manmade landscape
One of the workshop participants had shown me a single 8 X 10 photograph
of a power plant where he actually was the general manager of this
power cooperative. It was quite magical to me. I remembered seeing
it and it was this metallic turbine and I thought it was beautiful.
I had never been in a power plant before, but I felt, without being
overly dramatic, compelled to make photographs of this for myself.