Why do I make images? I have a desire to claim an identity and then to express it to others. My photography fulfills that desire. I also have a desire and a need to develop skill, to perfect an activity, and to become master of it. My photography fulfills that desire as well.
Through my work I want to create a piece that is aesthetically pleasing (to myself and others), a piece that some might even call beautiful, that evokes a feeling in the viewer. If I can accomplish that with even a few of my images, that will give me a satisfied feeling. Creating a meaningful, aesthetically pleasing image through visualization and processing is an intellectual challenge and adds meaning to life.
In my day job as a transactional lawyer there is little room for creativity or free expression. So making artistic images from my photos is my creative outlet, and it's satisfying and enjoyable to make art that I had envisaged through my mind's eye.
While I have no formal education or training in art or photography I have had the opportunity to study art and photography in museums and galleries all over the world during the past 50 years. Earlier in my career I was an engineer responsible for drilling oil and gas wells in many parts of the world. Later as an international business lawyer I had the opportunity to travel even more and visit more museums and galleries. It has been invaluable to stand before a painting or print to study and contemplate the composition, light and shadow used by master painters and photographers. In the past I've been a self learner/teacher in developing my craft but I'm increasingly participating in workshops and seeking out mentors to further deveop a unique and personal style.
My work has been influenced by both the pictorialist and straight photography movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. Recently Julia Anna Gospodarou and Joel Tjintjelaar have been important influences.
While composition and exposure are always important, I consider visualization and post processing to be just as important, if not more so. In my post processing I exercise artistic license to create an aesthetic and pleasing image. My images are not intended to represent reality. They are intended to represent my vision and interpretation of reality. Often that vision is idealistic and shows the world as I it wish it was. In terms of poetry my vision might be represented by a William Wordsworth poem and in terms of music it could be represented by the soft jazz of Sade or Chris Standring.
I use a Fujifilm GFX100S medium format camera with Fujinon lenses and a a Nikon Z mirrorless full-frame camera with Nikon Z Mount lenses. A significant recent addition to my kit is a Canon 24mm tilt/shift lens that I use with both cameras. Post processing is in Lightroom and Photoshop with the help of plugins, mostly Topaz, Nik and DxO.