Photography has been my vehicle of choice for forwarding a message of environmental conservation ever since my introduction to 35mm photography at the age of twelve. It was in a middle school elective class in which I picked up my first all-manual film camera and began my path towards becoming a professional photographer. With the exception of that first class in early 2000, all of my training in photography has come entirely through personal study and experimentation with both film and digital mediums.
With each image, I hope to increase the viewers’ appreciation for nature and their passion for protecting it. I strive to capture the landscape in such a way that my photos will impart my own appreciation for the environment and remind the viewer of the beauty that could be lost forever if we, as a whole, don’t take responsibility for our natural world.
My techniques for capturing a photo were shaped largely by my roots in color transparency film. Having started on film and subsequently dedicated six years to it before “going digital,” I was trained to get the image right in-camera and at the moment I clicked the shutter — a mentality that has stayed with me into the digital realm. My policy is to never manipulate or alter a photo beyond what I could have done with a single piece of transparency film. That means I never use photo editing software to airbrush out elements from an image, I never use new-age “High Dynamic Range” techniques and I never “Photoshop in” a sky from another photo. My skills lie in mastery of the camera, artful use of filters and precise composition.
As a born-and-raised resident of Orange County, you’ll find my portfolio bears an abundance of local landscapes, but the unmatched beauty of these great United States has served up countless more views for my camera to soak up.
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