My creative tool is the 4x5 view camera. This is the large format camera with the bellows. This bellows allows adjustments which give the photographer the ability to manipulate perspective. Many of my arrangements are on and under a glass surface, very much like a table top, only very thin glass. There are flowers, fruit, marbles etc. on the glass and more flowers, pods or lanterns under the glass. The camera is then adjusted so the glass “table top” apparently falls away and seems to disappear leaving only reflections as evidence. In the successful image the viewer is treated to a unique visual experience unaware that any “distortion” or “shift” has taken place. Background materials are vintage artifacts and found objects. Most recently I have been working with large sheets of copper which I burn, scratch and stain for character and visual interest. The copper is suspended from my studio wall behind the glass top arrangement.
I have always done all my own darkroom work both traditional and digital. Traditional techniques: Burning & dodging, color correction and density control are used to maximize the potential of each image and each individual print. These traditional techniques are now performed in the digital darkroom. Resulting prints incorporate archival inks and papers and museum quality mounting and matting standards.