These images are documentary photographs only in the sense that they present a highly detailed visual record of sometimes isolated areas and things. More importantly, these photographs give form to my visual impressions. I photograph for the sheer ecstasy I feel at that moment when the dialogue between myself and the subject reveals what Van Gogh called "a feeling for things in themselves." It is a passage from things seen to things known.
My involvement with the genre of landscape photography has been a life-long affair. Out and about in the landscape with my cameras is when I feel most connected to who I am. The land is always about a sense of place. Eudora Welty said of place: "Place is my source of knowledge. It tells me important things. It steers me and keeps me going straight, because place is a definer and confiner of what I'm doing. It helps recognize and explain. It does so much for you itself. It saves me. "