I create with one phrase, reasonable clarity, always in the back of my mind. It comes from a poem by Rumi that reads:
The way the soul is with the senses and the intellect is like a creek. When desire weeds grow thick, intelligence can't flow, and soul creatures stay hidden. But sometimes the reasonable clarity runs so strong it sweeps the clogged stream open. No longer weeping and frustrated, your being grows as powerful as your wanting were before, more so. Laughing and satisfied, the masterful flow lets creations of the soul appear. You look down and it’s lucid dreaming. The gates made of light swing open. You see in.
I often feel that my personal clarity is strongest while photographing nature. There are occasions when I perceive my world differently for several brief moments. The world becomes still; I become focused. Suddenly, what puzzled me previously is clearly unreasonable and a new clarity emerges like the sun breaking through a morning fog, warm and enlightening, guiding and inviting. Through motion, abstraction, and softly focused scenes, I create painterly images with a hint of clarity that suggest a new reality exists beyond what we think we see and know. These photographs are my creations of the soul.
Becoming lost in a world of long exposures and deliberate gestural, hand-held camera motions, I use my camera to paint the scene before me and create photographic impressions. All work is created in camera by physically moving my camera in directions I feel are appropriate to carry light and color across the camera sensor to best express my experience. I imagine that I am painting the moment with my camera while the shutter is open. Light is my paint and the sensor is my canvas. I then immerse myself in basic digital photo processing, fine-tuning my impressions, enhancing the inherent motion in my digital file, and recreating moments of beauty that remind myself that our natural world is simply nothing short of gorgeous, alive, and in constant motion.