The world is an interesting place, and we all have something to say about it. Some of us write, paint, sculpt, construct, speak, shout, sing, dance, draw, film, or photograph about our world and our place in it. Photography can be your voice, it can be your relaxation, it can be your key to exploration, it can be your career.
My goal is to empower you to be a better photographer, whether it's making more meaningful photographs of your family, creating works of art for the gallery wall, or aspiring to National Geographic. We are Breaking the Barriers to Creative Vision TM by building a strong foundation from which to grow.
I'm a self-taught, full time, independent fine art, commercial, and editorial photographer with a degree in wildlife biology. Prior to being a full time photographer I worked for the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Denver Museum of Natural History, US Forest Service, Colorado Department of Parks & Recreation, and environmental consulting. Some of my photography clients include Orvis, PDX Magazine, Travel Oregon, High Country News, Idaho Business Review, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Idaho Department of Tourism, and others. My photographs have been published in SHUTR.photo, Shutterbug, and McCall Magazine. I've also designed movie posters and other materials for the award-winning Vietnam War documentary film Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor and an upcoming documentary film, I Married the War: Stories of Wives of Combat Veterans.
My photographic interests are wide-ranging, from landscapes and environmental issues to hot rods and the human figure. My background in the natural sciences and ecology has helped me develop a "big picture" view of the world and, along with continuous practice honing my photographic vision, I feel I'm able to be aware of my surroundings in a way that creates more photographic opportunities and enriches my "seeing" and interpreting the world around me. I've been teaching photography using my own curriculum since 1998, and leading workshops since 2002. I've been an Idaho Commission on the Arts Teaching Artist since 2010.
I work in the studio as well as outdoors and on location. I shoot almost 100% digital but continue to use analog processes because I love the hands-on aspect of creating art. I still have a stockpile of Polaroid film that I will shoot until it is finished and I also work with the cyanotype process.
I love to teach and help others grow in the art of photography in informal classroom settings and during workshops in Idaho and throughout the world. Workshops are conducted in small groups (less than 10) to ensure personal attention and ease of group movement on location. Classes are generally taught in a lecture style setting, but can be held anywhere, indoors or out. Private workshops and classes can be customized for individuals or groups. Please contact me if you are interested in a custom workshop or class. I'm quite open-minded about technique and subject matter and believe an artist should understand the fundamentals of their art. But beyond the fundamentals, the application of technique, use of materials, and presentation is up to the individual artist. My first book on photography is The Ecology of Photography: Senses & Perception and is available directly from me or through Amazon [direct link to book opens in new window]. I've written one other photography book, The Exposure Equation: A practical method for understanding exposure and a historical-fiction chapbook, Big Toe Joe: The Legend of Cannery Row. Both of these books are printed and bound by me and are available through my SHOP
Professional MembershipsASMP: American Society of Media Photographers (Mountain West Chapter, past president)
SoloLongwater, Boise, ID May 2019
Basement Gallery, Boise, ID 2002 - 2003
GroupMoments, Nampa, ID, 2020
Veterans Art Show, Boise, ID, 2019
Phoenix Rising, Owyhee Hotel, Boise, ID, 2017
Alexa Rose Foundation, Boise, ID, 2016
Month of Photography-Boise, ID, 2014
See.Me Gallery, New York, NY, 2013
Foray I & II, Boise, ID 2011, 2012
House of Art, Aspen Lofts, Boise, ID 2010
Living in Idaho, Idaho State Capitol, Boise, ID 2010
Basement Gallery, Boise, ID 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
Embassy of Uruguay in The Hague, Netherlands, 2008
Miami Center for Photography, Miami, FL 2007
Nova Southeastern Univ., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2007
Gallery at Hyde Park, Boise, ID 2007
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID 2001
Cole Marr Gallery, Boise, ID 1999, 2000
Big Toe Joe, the Legend of Cannery Row, 2020. Self-published and bound book
The Exposure Equation: A practical method for understanding exposure, 2020. Self-published and bound book
The Ecology of Photography: Senses & Perception, 2016. Self-published book
Collaboration - a multi-media production with the Treasure Valley Concert Band and Idaho Photographic Workshop. Boise Music Week 2008
How Can We Have A Satisfying Life Without Beauty? - Baggley Park Public Art Installation, Boise, ID. Permanent installation commemorating the life of George Baggley, 2007
Contribution: Essence of Life, a suicide prevention and awareness art event, Boise State Univ. 2006
If you have the desire for knowledge, and the means to give it physical expression, go out and explore. You will sledge nearly alone, but those with whom you sledge will not be shopkeepers