My greatest source of inspiration is drawn from the natural world, through discovery of the extraordinary in the ordinary, while playing at the intersections of Aqua and Terra
It began with a little black box from which an odorous square of paper slipped with a whir into my hand. An image shape shifted onto the paper and I was hooked. At the age of ten the magic of Polaroid’s made quite an impression and the magic has yet to fade.
As a fisheries biologist, much of my career was spent chasing the elusive tail of salmon recovery in Northeast Oregon, as a photographer, I’ve been fumbling towards light most of my life.
Figuring out how to take my camera below the Liquid Line was no easy task. The learning curve was steep and expensive... . What works in the Marine environment did not necessarily translate to success in a fast moving river or stream.
I use an Ikelite camera housing with multiple port systems to accommodate different lenses. At times I'm shooting in only 6-10 inches of water and then change to a large deep pool where I need the reach of a zoom lens to capture the shy subjects that are 15 -20 feet away.
My work has been featured in numerous fisheries journals, received national acclaim when I was interviewed by National Public Radio for my work with salmon and portraits of underwater environments.
In addition to these accomplishments, my work has received numerous art show awards for the following pieces:
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