The project, There is a Place, grew out of the contentious and divisive dynamics of today's political environment. As I thought about the contrasting lives found in the vastly differing neighborhoods of Los Angeles, I began to photograph with the accompanying desire to seek out moments to create a visual place of quiet and connection in spite of the disparities. There is a Place embraces the challenging aesthetics of a large city. This exploration is interspersed with images concentrating on simple interpretations of structures and surfaces. Los Angeles is a vast multitude of cities and suburbs that connect uninterrupted across miles and miles of land; each neighborhood defined by its individual characteristics. The work offsets the disparities and contradictions of urban culture by juxtaposing them with images of light, color and lines as a visual departure to the dividing force of city life. Different from the gestural qualities of the photographic line studies in my previous projects, these images lean on detail-oriented compositions of spaces and planes. The street scenes and urban landscapes are found along many road trips across Los Angeles as I traverse the sprawling cityscape. Explorations of the city’s diversity are juxtaposed with images of stillness as if the diverging flow comes to a unifying pause.
Light, like water, is essential to our life; however, different from water, light is intangible. The Lambda project explores the eternal and yet fleeting aspect of light. In capturing movement and using selective focus details are obscured and elusive sketches of light and dark emerge. As I trace a world beyond our perception, I feel drawn to the unknown - that part of existence, which is not measurable and rests within mystery and the imagination. Wind is the author of motion in this work as the world is in constant flux from one moment to the next 'ad infinitum.' Wind and light intertwine in a dance of element and energy.
In the series Sea Etchings, I search for musical nuances within the landscape. Less concerned with a literal interpretation, the work speaks to an intangible sensation perceived about the subject matter. Photographed over several years along the coast of Southern California, each image is a study in patience as I wait for each composition to arise of itself only to be washed away again in an instant. The grass and the sea alone create these 'temporary etchings' captured in their momentary and fleeting existence. Reminiscent of gesture drawings my interest lies within a playful experience of the moment by giving pause to expressions of joy, beauty, lightness, innocence, and mystery.
The work Desert Lines considers the presence of opposites in all things. Erosion has rounded and softened the rock formations displaying feminine and sensual lines. Soft overcomes hard as stone yields to water.
The Seascapes portray a series of meditations upon the feminine energy found in the natural world. The ancient Greek recognized water as the original matter of the universe, the source of everything. In Genesis water is the original element of creation: a prerequisite for life to develop. In Taoist tradition earth as water is the ultimate Yin symbol, representing the feminine principle. Oceans cover nearly three-fourths of the earth's surface. These meditations pay tribute to our great mother.