Photographic work is divided into loose categories or series’ below:
These images capture trees in various states of death and decay in a variety of vaguely natural settings; many of which are actually urban or transitory settings. The solitary tree surrounded by a landscape of post-industrial development has long been a theme in my work, whether it refers to the last “Truffula Tree” in Dr. Seuss’ book “The Lorax” or “Yggdrasill”, the central axis for the nine worlds of Norse mythology, this tree represents an archetype of nature standing (and perhaps dying) in the midst of a chaotic universe.
Conceptual Vortexes and Mandalas
The archetypal mandala (evident in nearly all human cultures throughout history) is often portrayed as a circular form intersecting with a rectilinear or square form, a series of concentric rings or an intersection of related vertices. I use these formats as metaphorical platforms to explore metaphysical themes relating to geological time versus human history, order versus chaos, and humans versus nature. I draw no conclusions, but simply attempt to describe visually the intersection of those concepts. These intersections are the conceptual foundation for all of my work.
These specific roadside advertising architectural structures inadvertently communicate the underlying emptiness and decline of the very same culture that ceaselessly erects them to obfuscate the natural landscape, despite its inexorable eradication from our visual field of view.
Water provides an endless visual display of color, texture, and the reflection of the infinite sky. It is only through direct interaction with and examination of the natural elemental phenomena of air, water, earth and fire that I truly feel connected to nature.