A photograph should always represent an artist’s unique vision, but it should also be honest. Today, artists have unprecedented control in image development. Wielding this power to create photographic illustrations that appear as photographs is misleading. Therefore, I use a pure process approach, which emphasizes previsualization in the capture process, and organic tonal mapping during development. At every step, I focus on the natural flow of energy that exists between myself and the environment, and not on manipulation. Accordingly, I never use filters to change the appearance of a scene. I minimally develop my photographs for exposure only, never adding or deleting scene content. My photographs are not cropped beyond their intended aspect ratio. I do not use special effects lenses or deceptive processing effects. For transparency, I make my unprocessed photographs available for public viewing at select exhibits.
An important part of my process is protecting the environment that I’m documenting. This begins with reducing my emissions through the use of mass transit and foot-powered transportation. I never travel for the purpose of making photographs. Rather, I bring my camera with me wherever I need to go. When I’m back in the studio, I use a maximum of 200 watts of electricity, thanks to LED lighting and high efficiency computers. Please read my blog to learn more about my artistic process, climate change, and how to take meaningful personal action.