As a native of Ohio, I have made "Exploring the Beauty of Ohio and Beyond" the heart of my photography. My passion for nature photography, both landscape, and close-up, along with additional interests in urban exploration and rural living often leads to long weekends on the gravel backroads of Ohio, or more recently, further destinations.
It is my desire that my images connect to the viewer, reminding them of their childhood vacation spot at a lake, an unexpected view of a favorite park, or a road whose twists and turns beckons them into the far horizon as it did me. I hope the viewer finds their story in my images as well as sharing in mine. The exclamation of “That’s Ohio?” never gets old and I love being able to share places of unexpected beauty that I’ve explored. My work has shifted this last year to include more black and white, as the textures and subtle details of nature present themselves more readily in monochrome. I'm also exploring a series of photographs within a specific theme.
Growing up in rural northwest Ohio, I moved to Columbus to go to college to become a software developer, which is still my full-time career. While I had been taking pictures all my life, I did not begin to see myself as a creative person until about ten years ago when a desire to take better photos led to taking classes and more practice until I found myself immersed in photography as much as I could. By 2016, photography became my main creative pursuit and a side career.
Photography is also my form of art therapy. I have come to realize that I used photography to work through the death of parents (within 5 months of each other) and other rough spots over the last ten years. This year, with a serious cancer diagnosis, the ability to still get out and make photos and pursuing shows to share my work became a way to motivate and improve my health when treatments would knock me down. I also feel that as a creative outlet it improves my software development career.
While I firmly believe the camera is not the main ingredient in a great photo, dependable equipment is important. I use the Fuji X system, currently the X-T3 (along with the X-T1) and several Fuji XF series lenses. Their system fits my needs and delivers the quality photos I need to make my images.
Please contact me if you wish to purchase a print or have any questions about my photos.