The darkroom is just the means to an end.
What I had to prove was that I had a dedication and a desire and a passion to do the work and everything else would fall in place because I have a vision that I want to portray and it did and I do it. I don't sell anything.
I don't know, the older I get, the more complicated I think I get, which is a hindrance.
A lot of my work comes from my life experiences.
Being a shy person, I always felt strange outside with my camera.
We all take from our artistic endeavors what we as individuals need, to make the process unique and fulfilling to ourselves.
I just love photographing. I don't do it for anyone else.
In front of the camera I look and I see visually what I've created.
I think all photographers fit their vision to their personality.
The gallery is generating work for the masses.
I don't need the money I generate from photography to support myself.
The great thing about this thing we call art is that it has no rules.
You work on an idea, your first interpretation is very raw and you work it and you work it and it gets polished and polished. It gets to a certain level and then it comes down off that peak.
No matter how fast I could do it with the digital camera I don't think I would get the same thing out of it. The passion I have for formulating an idea stands alone. It is the important essence of what I do.
I photographed rocks and trees and tide pools and nudes and all that stuff for years and years. Until 20 years ago when I found that I could do it in the studio and never have to travel.
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