Early cavemen scratched symbols and after a time, animals, on their walls. The Egyptians painted gods. The Romans, Frescoes. For many centuries there was a striving for the accurate representation of reality, in the world.
The invention of the camera brought forth a copy of the "Real World" that surpassed the resolution of the most precise painters. In reaction, new ways of looking and seeing came forth, Cubism and Impressionism replaced realism. Avant garde photographers experimented with light form, and the came the computer.
Digital cameras and graphic software technology made possible a simulated color darkroom that is both convenient and portable (and odorless and dry). My early work in this media, utilizing realistic scenes or objects produced enhanced images with colors that were more intense, highlights brighter, shadows deeper and edges sharper or intentionally blurred. Continuing work and study led to experiments with more abstract art and impressionistic forms.
The digital toolset allows me to generate new forms, to quickly produce multiple preliminary views of a work in order to assess and select the best expression.
I have become addicted to the pleasures and occasional surprises when I see the images that are the result of variations produced with a touch on the keyboard or a click of the mouse.
In the selection process I seek images which retain the essence of the original, transmuted into an impression or feeling that is somehow deeper and more intuitive than straight photo image, creating an altered state of viewing reality.