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3. Studies of Trees,
“I have been shooting photographs since I was 21, and my uncle bought me my first camera for a course I was taking in art school. It was a Nikkormat 35mm and three compatible Nikon lenses came from my grandfather a little while later. I preferred shooting in black+white then, because I could make nice enlargements in the school darkroom. Mainly, however, I used it to document my artwork, take shots on trips, and basically use it to train my eye for composition (for later paintings).
Now I generally use my photographs as an ‘atlas of images’, as visual records of my direct experiences. Although I eschew direct literal translation from photos into paintings, I found that the practice of photography has revealed to me in innumerable images the types of forms and visual rhythms that my eye is consistently attracted to. Consistent photo making has showed me in great clarity the many diverse, universal manifestations of the principles I am interested in exploring in paint and ink.”