My photographic vision

XXWhile in Europe I quickly realized that my interest in

photographing "the landscape"--a term I use to connote

both the natural landscape of the rural and/or untouched

environment as well as the urban landscape of the city

and its built structures--ultimately led me towards

capturing environmental details that were often

overlooked or taken for granted by most passers-by.

These "mundane" details ranged from close-up and

texture-filled images of sidewalks, decorated or decaying

walls, and the unique play of early-morning or

late-afternoon light on manmade structures of the urban

landscape to equally stunning close-up details, odd

perspectives, and fascinatingly surreal forms of the

natural landscape.

As I pursued capturing such details of the landscape

over an extensive period of time and in different settings,

I became astounded by the aesthetic complexity that

such a simple idea could yield. For me, these

photographs transformed into visual arguments with a

dual purpose: each image conveys (or at least attempts

to convey) principles of aesthetic composition as well as

abstraction, yet asserts such principles and aesthetic

formality using the informality of our own simple

surroundings. Taken in collectivity, these images not

only say "look at me!" with their aesthetic qualities, but

they also ask and perhaps even challenge the viewer to

wonder whether he or she has noticed similar details in

his or own personal environment.

XXAnd that's what I'm trying to get at with this web site:

give people the opportunity to look at images of

landscapes from around the world--some mundane, some

admittedly extraordinary--and then begin to look at their

own landscape with a bit more attention, criticality and