To make so many images readily accessible in a web presentation, they have been grouped by category. Not that I took the photographs with any category in mind, but, for convenience sake, like a map, the pictures have been organized for easy viewing and navigation. Of course, categories overlap; divisions are difficult to define, but there is at least a semblance of order in the service of utility.
There are three general areas, all with multiple sets of photographs in each:
What In The World
The modern world, where man's mark is manifest and where I spend most of my time and take most of my photographs.
Photographs taken at celebrations at which I was the hired photographer. The title is a bit tongue-in-cheek. Because each day is unique and never to be seen again, I see every day as speial and as good an opportunity as any for taking pictures.
Of The Earth
The natural world, the living earth. The diminishing, yet tenacious, wilderness.
- From the window seat of airliners, looking down. The earth from above.
- Or from the ground looking up, with or without a telescope. The Sun, the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Comet Hale-Bopp all make appearances.
When I travel, I don't go on guided tours. I'd rather just wander. Give me a map, and I'll be fine. And the same goes for museums and art galleries. I don't walk around with earphones listening to a commentary of what I am looking at. I like to keep it quiet, visual and personal. So, I'm not going to go on about the works that unfold on these pages. I trust that they will speak for themselves.
A note on my technique. Although detail-rich, a photograph can be a cold and lifeless representation of what once was perceived. I add nothing to my images, but I will eliminate certain extraneous and distracting elements from some of them, because: "The motif must always be set down in a simple way, easily grasped and understood by the beholder. By the elimination of superfluous detail, the spectator should be led along the road that the artist indicates to him, and from the first be made to notice what the artist has felt." Alfred Sisley
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As an old English teacher and an even older photographer, I hope you enjoy my wordless letters to the world. I've taken them out from under my bed for you to see.