Artist Statement

One day in late May I woke up in the morning and migrating songbirds were all over a blossoming cherry tree in my backyard, like colorful moving Christmas tree ornaments. I always enjoyed nature and the outdoors, but that moment led to the idea that I could share my experiences in nature through photography.

Almost every subject I photograph is aware of my presence and has chosen to trust me for a brief moment in its life or even an extended period of time. Some subjects show more trust than others, and it has been these individuals I always envisioned I would find, even in species which are normally very wary of humans. I found these individuals in time; it took years for many. They accepted me as unthreatening because I made sure that I was, because I felt they would sense it if I was not. If it meant approaching on my belly; Or not looking a hawk in the eye; Or not wearing bright colors around male songbirds on their breeding territory; And especially not interfering with cold and hungry birds that were feeding, so be it. When those individuals successfully feed in a human’s presence, without any fear whatsoever, they gain a different level of trust, and allow many of the best photographic opportunities. I would sometimes leave them as slowly as I approached. That might take 30 minutes.

My goal in photography is to evoke an emotional response: awe, wonder, sheer appreciation of beauty, etc. I seek to convey what I felt at the moment of capturing the image, and what I felt knowing I would share that moment.

COMPOSITION
I strive to capture images with good composition, and especially those which include the beautiful aspects of a bird’s (or animal’s) natural environment. Developing an eye for the opportunities that could accomplish that took years. I discovered those opportunities are rare, and even more rare are successful results from my efforts. I always keep in mind that if I do not try, I am guaranteed to have no results. So I get out there every day possible because nature has infinite surprises awaiting.