My photographic images are contact printed from living items found in nature. The negative is the subject. The Sunlight is my exposure. In using historical methods of photography such as Cyanotype, Van Dyke, Uranium, and Platinum and often in combination, I can allow nature to provide all its truthful brilliance.
I want to reveal more than documentation with my images. Having some control over the light and its angle and the length of the sun exposure, planting many of my negatives from seed, working with the soil and lending life to this form allows me to develop a more intimate relationship with the completed image.
The unpredictable qualities of both the subject and the process inspire me. I only have so much influence over the final print, because I am using a living specimen. The unique deterioration of the living plant and the weather are as much a part of the process as the light sensitive chemicals. It is not unlike a process of preserving or giving a second life to a living fading specimen found in nature.
I’ve always chosen to respond to the beauty found in nature. Only now I’m viewing it through a solar microscope with more curiosity and hope than ever. In realizing the botanical specimen and understanding of nature and how I respond to it.