Creek Ice: Photos were taken from 1989 to 1991, all in Vermont and all on 35mm film. It was the grasshopper-like image that inspired me to continue and eventually create a series. I used a Nikon on a tripod with a 55 mm Micro-Nikkor and sometimes a longer lens with extension tubes and an old pair of rubber waders. The bests shots were more often taken standing in small creeks with the camera pointing straight down. Years later, I tried shooting ice with digital capture. I didn't look right or feel right. I think too much time had passed, it was a completed project.
Some Trees: Trees: the perennial subject. It’s been without any project in mind that trees end up inside my camera. I guess also, living in Vermont for so many years they’re hard to miss. Even New Mexico’s sparse landscape has been generous. Ironically, “Birches, Fletcher,” taken in Vermont, placed first in the fine art category at the New Mexico State Fair. It was also one of the last darkroom prints I made. I produced a Blurb book of the same name in 2008.
Third Kingdom: The title, Third Kingdom comes from the system of biological classifications of life. Historically, the number of kingdoms has grown over time. There are 7 kingdoms, currently. There were 5 when I created this project and mushrooms was considered the third. This is definitely one of my favorite subjects; there small, quiet and don't move too much. I started in the early 90’s by bringing mushrooms into the formal setting of my studio. This had its pluses and minuses; controlled lighting vs a harvested life form ticking away. I finally went with shooting in the field. The bulk of material in this project is in digital capture, much of taken recently. My outdoor technique and approach has evolved over time with grooming the site, using large sunlight diffusers and most recently a 60mm macro lens.