I am often asked about how ideas for photographs come to mind. My underlying process involves awareness of emotional response without identifying a scene or object by name or category. Shapes, lines, odd bits of light and darkness, often in abstracted arrangements, provide free association for the initial capture. Post processing on the computer is done with left brain specificity.
Hawaii’s abundance of natural beauty notwithstanding, my images often incorporate the environmental impact of time, wind, lava or water which may have more interest or content than nature’s perfect specimens or effects of benign weather conditions.
Art-making has always been important. I painted watercolors and made pen and ink drawings before pursuing photography. Reading, music, and artist friends have all contributed to my photographic library. I believe that quite a lot of photographic skill evolves from being one’s own teacher and just trying things out. Errors can be more instructive than successes.