BIO Born 1953 in Toledo, Ohio. Began photography in the late sixties as a high school photographer. Worked as a photo lab technician, portrait studio and darkroom assistant until the early seventies. Also, worked as a photographer for an alternative newspaper for several years. A long hiatus with serious photography ended with an introduction to platinum and palladium printing in the early 2000’s. This renewed interest sparked a pursuit of learning several new forms of photography and photographic printing including; large format film photography and numerous alternative printing methods.
Current methods employed are; large and medium format film, dry plate, digital, platinum/palladium printing, polymer photogravure. Recent interest have also included the pursuit of the book arts. Work has been exhibited in several online shows as well as galleries in Oregon and South Carolina.
ARTIST STATEMENT This project, “Botanicals”, can be traced back to my education as a forester in the late 1970’s. Part of my forestry study required the ability to identify and correctly label many dozens of local plant and tree species. Often this learning process utilized plant samples that were pressed for preservation purposes.
Recently, I had the opportunity to view an exhibit of pressed plants in a local museum and I was struck by the shapes created by the process of pressing. This new way of looking at pressed plants led me to this project.
This project consists of a series of images made of pressed plants. The images often take a very delicate and flowing form through the pressing process. These prints are handmade using the polymer photogravure process. The images are 6”x9” on 11”x15” Rives BFK paper.