There is a philosophy behind my photography, so I want to talk about that here.
Firstly, I believe that photography is unequivocally an art. All the processes and tools serve the purpose of creating work of artistic interest. In my opinion the main point of art is to engage the viewer and hold the viewer’s interest. I also hope that the viewer will participate in an internal dialogue about the works. If my images work on this level then I think they should inspire people to care about the subjects of my images. The subjects I focus on are our environment, wildlife and the people and cultures of the world.
I see photography as a purely subjective process, all the artistic choices the artist make are a subjective processing of the world. Framing an image is subjective, post processing decisions are subjective, so I don’t think any photographer can claim to represent some sort of absolute truth. On the other hand I am not as interested in massive distortions of images though excessive post processing, but only because I think highly processed images are on mass, less effective at engaging the viewer’s interest with the subject.
As a travel photographer, I am often photographing people and places. One of my guiding principles is to capture images that celebrate the cultures and people I visit. Though I respect photographers that document the darker side of life this is not my subject choice. Instead I choose to focus on the positive and so I attempt to capture uplifting and profound elements of the people and cultures I encounter. It is my experience that many cultures are often much stronger than I expected, the people are survivors, they are resourceful and skillful. Hopefully I can capture the essence of this core of strength and independence.
In my wildlife photography, my aim is to capture images of artistic interest as well as images that tell a story about the behavior of the animals in the wild. As a wildlife photographer I want my images to inspire other photographers and travelers to visit some of the places I have seen. Seeing some of these animals in the wild is the most certain way I can think of for others to see the value of conservation, not as an abstract concept but as a real and urgent quest. I want people to care about the animals and ecosystems that they live in. In many places just visiting wildlife sanctuaries and reserves creates an industry around conservation of habitats. Once you care, then you too will want to preserve wildlife and hopefully you will become active, even if initially only in small ways, by talking to others and donating to conservation groups.
Underwater photography is generally a branch of wildlife photography, but it can also involve underwater landscapes and people. The main thing is that it offers a different perspective on wildlife on our planet. Magnificent creatures like whales, sharks and manta rays are just incredible and awe inspiring. Because they are difficult to count they are vulnerable. With my underwater photography I am want to introduce others to the ethereal beauty of this blue world.