Existentialists wonder, “Why are we here?” The
entire answer may be more complex than this, yet I do know one
of the reasons I am here —
I CAME FOR THE PHOTO OP.
For me the “photo op” interpreted broadly is not only
to take photographs for my own pleasure but to bring them to those
who will be served by these reminders of the extraordinary loveliness
of our cityscapes and our countrysides, and to remind the viewer
of our right and duty to take care of them.
Certainly there is a place for documentary style photography — the
photojournalists’ images of war and mayhem may serve to inform
of the less attractive aspects of man’s behavior, and move
the viewers to develop a power to effect change.
In certain contexts I, too, might perform in this capacity as a
Yet for the most part my art shall serve Beauty, and celebrate the
awe and wonder we must not lose when we explore and enjoy our communities
and the natural world.
For we are not only visitors on this Earth, here to take and use
and exhaust its resources. We are the guardians, the caretakers of
this magnificent planet and we have a sacred responsibility to preserve
and replenish its resources, even as we appreciate and cherish its
Each image is a reflection of a moment in time when the loveliness
of nature and the glory that is Planet Earth came together to create,
deep inside my soul, an artistic appreciation for this extraordinary
I just had to capture it on film.