Sir John Herschel coined the word photography (from the Greek words phōs meaning "light", and gráphein meaning "to write") in 1839, but the concept of photography can be seen as early as the 5th and 4th centuries BC in the description of pinhole cameras by Aristotle and Chinese philosopher Mo Ti. The camera obscura was used as an illustration tool as far back as the 6th century, but it wasn't until 1826 that the first permanent image was captured on a polished pewter plate by French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépcethat and our concept of modern photography came into being. Much innovation followed in printing methods, focusing tools and techniques and mechanics.
The first color photograph is dated at 1861 by the Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell, but color photography did not officially hit the market until 1907 with the release of the first fully practical color plate, "Autochrome". In 1969 the invention of the charge-coupled device (CCD) at AT&T Bell Labs would eventually lead to the digital photography revolution when in 1986 Kodak scientists develop the world's first megapixel sensor.
The Focus of my photography is creating iconic images of wildlife that stimulate one’s imagination resulting in an increased awareness and a sense of responsibility for our wildlife and their habitat. As a visual artist, photographer, and print maker I strive to reduce nature to its most basic elements to produce images with a degree of abstract realism.
For a split instant, I hope for the scene to be plausible and then knock the viewer off balance by a skewed perspective, placing un-likes together, or morphing one part into another. The scene might become a stage set for a daydream or past memory.
Following my heart and love of the wild, at the age of 15, I went off to hike and explore 600 miles of the Northern Appalachians, through day and night, rain and sunshine, where I inspired and developed the values I hold to this day.
I enjoy exploring the landscape and it's components. I find the variations in light, form, texture, and color that the elements of a landscape offer fascinating, with endless possibilities to study and observe. I seem to always be drawn to the pastoral and simplicity in design.
My experimentation with photography ignited during my years in high school. There I came to a realization of how powerful photography can be as a medium to capture and preserve fleeting, irretrievable moments of our daily lives and the natural environment around us. This realization is apparent in many of my black and white photography prints.
I prefer to work with oil paints, because of the texture they lend to my work and because of the vibrant quality of oil colors. Many of the images I choose to hand-color are among my most surreal, and oils reinforce their dreamlike quality.
I create images to feed my visual comprehension and attraction to the medium, not to please others or to sell photographs. I hope viewers experience the same physical resonance that I do—drawing them into the images and embodying connections to places, people, objects, form, shadow, highlight, and composition.
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