At an early age, my Father pointed out the importance of nature. I learned how ignoring Mother Nature’s wonders could only lead to certain disaster. Growing up in the 1960’s, I realized how destructive a course we had taken – dumping pollutants in the Great Lakes, air quality, and the use of DDT and other pesticides without proper testing was upsetting the balance of our ecology. My Junior High School class participated in the first Earth Day celebration at the University of Michigan. It left a lasting impression.
I am not interested in coercing people to become die-hard environmentalists, but rather to look at my photography and recognize the beauty, vitality, and necessity of our natural resources. By viewing my photography, I hope that people make a concerted effort to preserve the environment for the pleasure and responsible use for future generations.
Thematically, my photography is a look outside our surroundings. I want people to feel as if they are a part of my picture. We are a part of nature, and coexist with every living thing on this planet. Harming nature inflicts damage on all of us, and does away with a piece of our soul.
I’m hoping my photography, no matter where taken, creates a better understanding of our environment. I want my audience to recognize the beauty and power of nature, not just in Florida, but everywhere in the world.
My Father would be proud.