My photographic career spans several decades. Working early as a nature photographer and workshop instructor, eventually I moved exclusively to medium and large format black and white fine art photography. This work has appeared in numerous publications and I have had a number of solo exhibitions around the country. In addition, a number of my images are on permanent display at a prominent natural history center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In addition to my nude work, I have traveled and photographed throughout the Southwest and the Northeast where I have sought to capture the essence of the dominant themes respective of those regions.
Often asked to jury and evaluate the work of aspiring photographers, I frequently add written informative and constructive criticism about the images for each of the participants. My teaching has inspired a number of students to pursue a more artful approach to photography, and many have since had significant exhibits of their own.
My major interest is in the traditional darkroom where I spend many quiet hours refining my images for display. I also make my facilities available to serious students of black and white printing. This three-room facility is situated in the midst of the wooded hills of Morgan County, Indiana where I live with my wife, Sallie, and our two Labrador Retrievers.
General Technical Information
I use a Wisner Technical 4X5 with a variety of Schneider lenses including 90mm, 150, and a complete set of Wisner (Schneider) Plasmat lenses.
All images are taken with Kodak T-Max 400 sheet film rated at 200 ASA. The film is developed in Kodak XTOL. An unsharp mask (Kodak T-Max 100 film) is used with most negatives.
Printing is done on a Beseler 45MXII enlarger using an Aristo V54 cold-light head and a Schneider f/5.6 Componon 150 mm lens. The images are printed on Ilford Multigrade IV FB glossy paper, developed in Ilford PQ developer, fixed in Photographers’ Formulary TF-4 Archival Rapid Fixer, and toned in Kodak Rapid Selenium Toner. Each print is washed in an Alistair Inglis Cross-Jet Archival Washer.