Photography — Medium format film, Archival pigment print on panel
Framed in black wood 12" x 12"
inspired the poem
THE STAR WITHIN
I’ve tried many fruit looking for that perfect core.
The grape popped in my mouth — sweet, but seedless.
The blueberry popped too and the strawberry’s seeds
were just annoying. The raspberry — with his silent P —
was too pretentious and the apple turned out to be a rotten
core. I enjoyed the orange but peeling back his rind was too
much of an effort and he could sometimes be biting.
I was always hot for the peach — devouring his flesh
and licking up his juices as they trickled down my cheek.
He was always good for a late night snack even though his
pit was pitiless.
But the pear seduced me with his sophistication.
He wooed me with his poach and fragrant flesh
as my tongue moved from his long neck down to his brittle
— yet sturdy — casing. There, nestled within his soft flesh,
was a seed star. Waiting. And ready
— © Robert P. Langdon
I am drawn to nature whether it is the open vistas of the ocean or the smallest features in a flower petal. Although, all that I see in my every day experience is part of my palette.
Open spaces of fields, lakes, and oceans reflect our fears, hopes, dreams and, fantasies. After all, the reality is that there is no out there without the perceptions (and the thoughts/emotions attached to them) that each individual brings to these spaces. It is this relationship we each have with nature that is explored throughout these images; often dream like, and surreal, open to each individuals interpretation. In addition, the nature of time, impermanence, and recurring cycles, and how they influence our journey is explored throughout these collections.
I use 6x6 medium format film cameras that produce negatives with both depth and subtleness. The negatives are scanned and printed with archival pigment inks on cotton rag paper. The prints are hand varnished, negating the need for glazing; providing the viewer a more tangible direct experience than with traditionally presented photographs.
Finally, and most importantly, I believe photography's true power, is not in the capturing, and then saving a special moment from the past, but rather photographs serve as a reminder that these wonderful moments abound, and we are surrounded by them and indeed, are part of them in every present moment.