Possibility. Inspiration. Transformation.


Originally exhibited at the Soho Photo Gallery in New York City, in the year 2000, Water, Rocks, and Other Signs of Mystical Life is a series of black-and-white landscape photographs intended to remind us that anything is possible.

Some of these landscapes are composed of a single image, while others are created from multiple images woven together to create a new reality. I love "combination printing" (as Henry Peach Robinson called it in the 1850s) for the way it frees photographers from the limits of time and place, and allows us to engage in photography as an alchemical act.

For three decades now, I’ve been using my camera as what Minor White called “a metamorphosing machine.” I’ve been working simply to create something beautiful: photographic songs or poems… my own dreams manifested on paper.

Like utopian fiction or magical realism, it’s often unclear where reality ends and fiction begins. I am inspired by 19th century pioneers of photomontage: Gustave Le Gray, Henry Peach Robinson, Oscar Gustave Rejlander, even Hudson River School painters like Albert Bierstadt – who all created metaphorical worlds as they saw them in their minds’ eye.

It is my life’s work to create magical, barely remembered places that we long for all our lives – unseen worlds that exist just beyond the edge of consciousness.