I came to photography indirectly. Initially my interest in painting introduced a desire in me to always have a camera by my side to work out elements of composition and design in order to interpret the world that surrounds me. Looking through a lens, I find I observe differently, more selectively; I compose & recompose. With a photographer's eye, I find that I perceive more abstractly - I see colors, lines, shapes, textures, light. As a result, photography and painting have a symbiotic relationship in my work. Although both photography and painting are often present to varying degrees, photography has become increasingly more important and an end in itself.
Icarus: The Shape of Flight
In the Greek legend of Icarus, the design of his wings, made from wax and feathers, limit Icarus in how close to the sun he can fly. The myth explains that man often pushes himself to greatness, regardless of the consequences. The death of Icarus came about when he ignored the warnings, flew too close to the sun, and his wings melted. The myth warns us that we should be aware of the consequences of our actions and we should heed the warnings.
It was a cautionary tale. Here's another one. Scientists say we are only now experiencing the effects of the Industrial Revolution. While there continues to be great accomplishments at an increasing rate, we need to ask, at what cost? Like Icarus, warnings are being ignored.
The intent of my images is to serve as tangible reminders of the beauty that surrounds us in our delicately balanced ecosystem. Birds, like the canary in the coal mine, like the figure of Icarus, to me are a symbol for taking heed. As with a dove or an angel, a feather is also a symbol of hope.
Car Culture and Common Ground
Every spring the Albuquerque Museum hosts the annual Classic Auto Show. When I first attended it, I discovered an entire subculture of car devotees. With the same passion and pride that Southwestern artisans use in the the creation of Santos figure and retablos, these old cars are celebrated and honored through their restoration.
This series is an amalgam of the artistic urge: the automotive designers’ original work, the folk artists’ caring restoration, and my photographic bent to see through a lens of abstraction. The result are images that are a blend of cultural heritages and eras. They demonstrate that we have more in common than we have differences.