Piece description from the artist
An autumn path on a cool October morning in Mirror Lake State Park. As I took a stroll along one of the many hiking trails, the smoke from the nearby campground danced in the morning sunlight, creating an ethereal and mystical atmosphere. While the birds sang in the trees, I contemplated staying out there forever. As Thoreau said "to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life." It was a glorious morning.
But, alas, the sun continued to rise and the smoke dissipated. Now don't get me wrong, it was still beautiful and I still wanted to stay but the little voice in my head said it's time to get moving! There is more to see and do and more photographs to take. Chop chop!
Well, at the very least, I have this shot to remind me of that perfect moment in time. And it will also serve as a reminder to savor those perfect moments. You never know when you will experience them again.
Emotion. Mood. Feelings. This is what I capture through my photographs. Whether it is landscapes, architectural elements, still life, or macros – it is a very personal journey as my own fears, triumphs, beliefs, and shortcomings are exposed with each photo.
Much of what I shoot is done spontaneously without preconceived thought or plan. I let what is around me dictate what is photographed.
And the shooting is only the first step – a jumping off point. I take the raw images and create what I see in my mind’s eye. Coaxing out textures present in the shot – sometimes adding them. Enhancing the contrast of light and dark to create the mood and emotions I felt and feel. In the end, it’s all about listening to my heart and mind and creating a visual representation of what I feel the moment the shutter is released.
I'm a native Texan currently living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my lovely wife and son.