Swiftly as an arrow in flight, time passes. In the wake of transitory moments, we are left with words and impressions to build a picture. Layers of bygone eras become the texture that future generations will reach for as they seek to understand the how’s and why’s, and hear the voices Time has stilled. This piece invites examination, engages the eye to search, while representing that ineffable element of timelessness within a finite frame. A wet-plate collodion mixed-media piece, it is a unique fusion of historical photography techniques and digital advancements. Sink into the depth created by the newsprint and tissue patterns. Let your eyes wander among the lines and shapes, and enjoy the musings and meanings you find within your journey.
Against a backdrop of words, faces, and patterns, the strong tall central figure in this piece embodies balance. The tower of hats stacked upon the head are giving both grounding and height. Within that balance, there is an expression of hope and an appreciation for the roles we inhabit and experiences we carry. We are the authors of our own stories. The encompassing newsprint elements are an ever-present many-layered atmosphere for the eyes to explore. The structure created by the background texture mirrors and complements the angles and attitude of the hat stack in intriguing ways. This piece is wet-plate collodion mixed-media, and an experience in itself to view in person! Enjoy!
Explore this fascinating new project! It combines some of my original Occupationalists work, achieved with wet-plate collodion photography and mixed-media application. The result is so textural that it makes you want to reach out and touch it. The background is composed of newsprint, construction patterns, and tissue pieces, effectively surrounding the solid central figure clad in black. As if the subject stands outside of time, in a whirlwind of words and shapes, this piece thoughtfully invites the viewer to discover the many moving pieces creating a diverse and communitive experience. It evokes a feeling of infinite opportunity and uncertain directionality. Take in the lines and shapes as the eye is drawn all across the canvas, much like the fluttering butterflies which punctuate the space. This piece is a journey. Enjoy!
In the midst of the uncertainty in life, there are people whose influence acts as an anchor. A person who offers steadfast support and solidarity is a treasure. This piece, “Anchor,” was inspired by and created for my wife Sher, who brings balance and buoyancy to my life. The roughened wood sets up a great contrast in texture to the smooth strong lines of the anchor and the organic softness of the scattered wild roses. “Anchor” is a collodion wet-plate piece acknowledging the powerful gift of connection. Enjoy!
When soulful strains wash over you, it’s difficult not to be transported. That indefinable, powerful element is the focus of this new collodion wet-plate piece. Beautiful, haunting, ethereal, evocative; in many ways, your memories are a melody. They rise and fall, weaving in and out of the moments that make up your song, your life. This piece, "Simply Soulful," is an image depicting that human experience. Art allows us to explore our world, our lives, our selves. Find your harmony and enjoy!
This recent collodion wet-plate advertisement piece for City Wine Market embodies the optimism and celebration of the New Year. Opening arms and minds to the possibilities that await is a reminder of renewal and an encouragement to hope. Like the inviting central figure in this image, the New Year is a time look forward in anticipation of a fresh start, new beginnings, and occasions to lift a glass in celebration.
We can all use a little hope to give us a lift. Introducing our newest piece in the “Higher Ground” series, titled “Little Wing.” It is a collodion wet plate image invoking a weightlessness of form and imagination. These delicate pairs of ethereal wings dancing in the air make use of negative space as the eye lightly skips between the foreground and background, promoting the effect of ascent.
Strength and Faith are a promise of hope in dark places. They are a foretelling of victory after a setback. A true catalyst for peace and love, even against the steepest of odds -- rising up on a wing and a prayer.
This piece "Rise Up" reinforces the hope and resilience of the human spirit. It serves as a reminder of the moments when people facing great challenges and uncertainty lean in to Love, proving we can walk together to higher ground.
We are constantly pressured to produce and be busy. Finding a space for gratitude by taking a break, taking a moment, or simply taking one deep breath can make a world of difference. This piece, “Be Still,” pushes the PAUSE button on life, so we can refocus and move forward. Towards hope. The vertical line of the toppled ironing board encourages us to lift our eyes – and, metaphorically, our spirits – by resting. It is a reminder that rest and peace can be powerful.
Capturing this interlocking tower of chairs and crowning set of wings was a real-life balancing act in the studio. This wet-plate collodion piece is the next in our Higher Ground series and directly symbolizes the continual fight to be true to who we are. Belief in our own personal worth, independent of external criticism, and the commitment to moving forward towards hope, each day, is both the message and the goal.