I group my images into two categories, Everyday-Things and Time-Flows:
“Everyday-Things” is a series about ordinary things we usually take for granted, often passing them by, unseen. Some of these I put together entirely from scratch (Glass-Curves #1), some are things I find and then place in a revealing combination of light and shadow (Rust), and some I just find (Green-Pots.)
In the “Time-Flows” series, the pictures simultaneously compress and expand time. Somewhat in the manner of composer John Cage’s “musical indeterminancy,” chance plays a large role: A slow shutter blurs anything that moves; sometimes perspectives change; sometimes frames expand left or right. I compose each final image from a series of such photographs taken at a single site during an hour or so of chance encounters.
How I Process these Prints:
A few pictures seem to emerge with almost no manipulation, nearly directly from the camera to the printer. (Steps #1.) Most of them take a lot of post trial and error to reveal their intensity. I use DXO Optics Pro to process my raw photos into tiffs. Then I experiment in Photoshop trying multiple different Topaz filters on different parts of the image via layers, layer masks, and opacity tweaks. I never crop except for the panoramic Time-Flow pictures. These often involve combining elements from as many as 35 different photos (Community Columns #3.) When done I size each photo to fit the metal print I will have printed by Aluminyze in New York. So far the largest is 20”x60". (Berths #2)