Photography takes me to a completely different place. The rest of the world dissolves and it makes me feel focused. When I look through the lens of a camera, I feel like I’m exploring a whole new world. I am mostly interested in long exposures. I like the feeling that long exposures aren't just snapshots that anyone can take. I like the idea that it takes time to take the shot, and that it shows more than a glimpse, but an entire memory, and that makes the outcome more rewarding to me.
I begin a shot by scouting for locations; I am always on the lookout for a great landscape. Then I look for something that stands out to me: a subject, something basic, recognizable, or interesting. When I look through the lens, I try to compose the subject in a way that best suits the mood or the landscape. Sometimes I use black and white film or color film to take my long exposures, but I prefer the flexibility and customization of shooting digital.
Currently I am working with infrared filters. Because the infrared filter is so dense, it allows me to take long exposures during the middle of the day, plus I like the almost surreal look it gives creating the darker skies and lighter foliage. I have been exploring different subjects and moods: nature landscapes, industrial landscapes, farmland etc.. I am also experimenting with 4x5 format film. 4x5 has proved so far to be very challenging, but it allows me to slow down when I shoot because of the limited amount of film I can carry at any given time.
When I am on a roll taking shots it makes me feel relaxed and confident. I get so focused on my work, that it's the only thing I think about. When people see my work, I'd like them to feel amazed. I want my audience to think that the pictures I have taken are very professional, and I want them to really consider the process in which it was created.
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