I\'ve always felt that art is all about seeing, and that which moves a person. What comes out later on film, canvas, wood, etc. is only a piece of it. It all begins with what one observes. I consider myself a \"haptic\" person-- I\'ll enter a room, or a new city, and I quickly see some piece of the scene that I\\\'m drawn to focus on. When traveling, I\'m like the proverbial kid in a candy shop--
I just can\'t get enough of seeing... seeing new things and fascinating places, even when it\'s a common insect in my backyard who happens to be in the perfect light.
I love working with existing light, seeing the color range of light in different locations, and working with the scene at hand to find that time or that angle which captures the essence of how that scene made me feel. I think of many times when a certain slant of light (thanks, Emily D. !) on a leaf or scene made my breath catch in my throat.
I love to see people enjoying my prints or photo cards, or to think that they may have the same catch of the breath if they see my image in a magazine or show. My hope is that in seeing, we\'ll learn things that will help us save and love our world to the utmost. I\\\'m still interested in working with several kinds of cameras, film, and digital equipment, as long as I\'m able to capture the excitement of our surroundings with it. My memory of places and events is also enhanced a thousand-fold if I have preserved an image to go along with the words.
My best photography and art advice is stolen from a favorite art professor from Goshen College--- \"Play with it!\"