From the cool, neon lights of Hollywood at night, to Malibu's glorious sunlit beaches,, my images celebrate the light, color and life around me. I use a simple, plastic medium format camera called the Holga, as my tool for experimentation, along with black and white and color film. It may be a simple camera, but it has required a daunting amount of practice, patience and even obsession for me to achieve my results. I enjoy pushing the limits of what is possible to do on a film negative.
I say "everything you see is on the negative".
Camera in hand, I will click the shutter multiple times, or make time exposures and panoramas. The capture of multiple moments in time frees the image from that static one moment usually captured.. I do also like to make images of single moments in time. When I look through my viewfinder, in my mind’s eye I imagine the scene as a two dimensional canvas. . I look at light, color and composition today in much the same way that they taught us in art school. There is much joy and challenge in the experimentation itself.
I spend a lot of time at Leo Carillo State Beach, north on Pacific Coast Highway, beyond Malibu, almost to the Ventura County Line. This is my favorite beach in this part of the world. It is close to the city, but far enough away to feel like a getaway. I return to this same location, year after year, at all times of day, tide, weather and season. My beach is rugged, windswept and solitary, with occasional surfers, lifeguards, and sf eagulls passing through. There are tide pools, cliffs and caves, starfish and dolphins. This is the place where I really taught myself to photograph with the Holga camera.
These images are a diary of my effort to stay sane, to cope in the pressure cooker that is LA. They are a record of sacred moments spent in contemplation and communion with nature. I like to visit Yosemite in the Springtime, and I take as many road trips as I can to see the beauty of the Western landscape. I also visit the Arizona desert in Tucson, where I was born. Edward Weston and Ansel Adams are two of my favorite photographers,
Today, much of my time is spent immersed in the urban experience, and so I photograph what I see around me. LA is fast paced and full of vibrant visual stimulation and color. It is dynamic and multicultural, and my work aims to convey that.
Everything you see in my photograph is printed from the film negative. I usually print full frame, maintaining the integrity of the negative. Black and white images are printed in the darkroom. I welcome the limits and the possibilities of my camera and film, and I like the fact that I have an archive of physical negatives of my images. I continue to push forward in discovery of technique and subject matter and break new ground for myself, in my creative exploration.