I’ve had an interest in photography since I was 12 years of age. Most of my work centered on nature as hiking is a favorite activity of mine. In later years, I was attracted to amateur astronomy and for a brief period, dabbled in astrophotography.
I have put off making an “artist’s statement” or stating a purpose for this blog for some time. I guess I wasn’t clear as to why I was writing articles centering on photography to be shared with the world… I was just following an inner knowing that it was something I should be doing.
I have felt for most of my adult life that we humans are poor stewards of the Earth. It is our home, the only planet supporting human life in our solar system yet in our daily struggle to survive and entertain, we treat it poorly in our disregard for other living species, waste its natural resources and ravage its landscape through our greed and ignorance.
My nature photography is not unique in that countless others have photographed our planet’s natural surroundings and wildlife and have done so with more talent than I. However, my perspective is unique as I have chosen what to frame in my viewfinder and when to press the shutter. I find beauty, peace and connectedness when in the wilderness contrary to the feeling of separateness living within human society. It seems we are at odds with our true nature. I can only hope that my photography conveys beauty, peace and connectedness and encourages those that view my images to cherish and take better care of our environment.
The above image was captured at the top of Mount Greylock after a very strenuous three hour climb to 3500 feet. I’ve always felt a deep inner connection to Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and their time in history. It touched my heart to find this plaque at the end of my journey.
“Do you think this world is only an entertainment for you?
Never to enter the sea and notice how the water divides
with perfect courtesy, to let you in!
Never to lie down on the grass, as though you were the grass!
Never to leap to the air as you open your wings over
the dark acorn of your heart!
No wonder we hear, in your mournful voice, the complaint
that something is missing from your life!”
Mary Oliver – Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches