I am a fine-art photographer based in Stillwater, Minnesota. I do most of my work in the Saint Croix Valley and Western Wisconsin with an occasional foray into the Twin Cities. There are no mountains, no oceans, no canyons, no deserts in this area and I don’t have the resources to travel to exotic and picturesque locations. So I look for beauty in the ordinary, the discarded, the overlooked, the old and worn out, the imperfect, the subtle, the understated. I look everywhere; sometimes in expected places (flowers, sunsets, landscapes, old red barns, snowscapes, autumn leaves); sometimes in unexpected places (alleys, old factories, smokestacks, machinery, rust, abandonment, decay, convenience stores, a beat-up old sign). I poke about on the forest floor; walk the alleys instead of the streets; look for color in small creatures and small objects; look behind me in case I might have missed something. I want to make images that are uniquely my own. I like to capture beauty in contexts and places where others pass by. I don’t like to be in a flock of photographers all intent on photographing the same thing no matter how wonderful that thing might be. I’d rather be alone teasing the beauty out of something mundane, discarded, worn out, small and insignificant.
I also have a blog where I post a couple times a week.