WINNER | THE ALLIANCE OF SALT SPRING ARTISTS (ASA) AWARD – $1,000
“I work to capture the mysteries inherent in all landscapes. My camera seeks out quirky undertones. I look for subjects that are unguarded, close to nature, and still agreeable to the idea of magic. I am inspired by large format photography and 19th Century processes in the work of Eugene Atget, Eduoard Baldus, and Charles Marville. I had camera-maker R.H. Phillips construct a large format camera which remains my primary camera to this day. I use Platinum/Palladium for its depth and warmth. I gravitate toward silver chloride Printing-Out Papers such as AZO and POP. I am mindful of the poignancy of absences, and the raw sophistication in the geometries of the built environment. The ghosts of complex histories and uncertain futures wander through my frames. My work is found in private collections in Europe, North America, South America and Russia.”
Wild Horse Wind Farm | 18″ high x 36″ wide | Medium format, negative photography
Development on the Columbia River—dams and nuclear power—contributed to migration to lands that weren’t suited for the grand ambitions of these projects. This is the area I call The Other Side. The land and the people are dry, but not brittle. Wild Horse Wind Farm finds opportunity in abandonment, describing a postmodern future for a neglected yet resilient landscape.