Every month we display the photographic work of an exceptional artist, display their exquisite images and ask a handful of questions about the photographer and their work. You can see the full article with all the images in hi-definition inside issue 73 of the magazine.
Canon 5D Mk III
Canon 7D Mk II
Canon 14mm f/2.8L II
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II
Tokina AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L
Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II
Canon 500mm f/4L
Gitzo GT2541EX Series 2 Tripod
Gitzo G3750QR Series 3 Ballhead
Cokin Filters GND
Hoya Filters ND
BreakThrough Filters ND
B+W Filters CP
When did you start photography?
I developed an interest in photography while attending the University of Florida during the 1980s but my real passion for photography didn’t develop until over 20 years. Later, in 2008, I felt compelled to return to my childhood passion – nature – and purchased my first DSLR.
How important is photography for you?
Photography is second only to my family in importance. I honestly can’t imagine my life without it. Photography is the one thing that I do just for me; it has given me balance and a sense of wellbeing. If other people appreciate my photos, it is the ‘icing on the cake’.
Describe your favourite and most inspiring location and why it is your favourite.
My favorite location is the Gulf Islands National Seashore along the Florida Panhandle for the unspoiled beachscapes it provides. Its soft and subtle beauty offers endless photographic opportunities from the sugar white sand dunes of the Gulf shoreline to the more placid and varied shore of the inter-coastal waterway.
Who is your favourite past or present photographer?
Certainly Ansel Adams is the most inspirational photographer of all time. However, there are several photographers that inspire me today such as Ian Plant and Alex Noriega, because of the imagery they create without ‘overdoing it’, which is all too easy in this digital age.
What are your future photographic plans?
I plan to offer workshops in my area soon. Also, for various reasons, travelling has been difficult for me so I need to travel more to get out of my comfort zone. I am researching and planning trips to different areas around the US, however, Patagonia is the ultimate photographic destination for me.
What advice would you give to a younger you about photography?
The Panhandle of Florida is very flat and doesn’t have strong compositional features (i.e. mountains, waterfalls, etc.) so shoot wide, low, and close to your foreground to add depth and visual flow to your images. Always look first for an interesting foreground element to use as a visual anchor.