Eternal, Ephemeral Mojave is on exhibit at DeKor Gallery in San Pedro, California March 1-31, 2018 (https://www.dekorgallery.com/). Join us March 1, 5-9 pm for San Pedro's vibrant First Thursday Art Walk (http://www.1stthursday.com/) and/or March 3, 3-7 pm for Friends and Family Saturday.
In 2016 I was selected as a National Park Service Artist in Residence, with my residency based in the Mojave National Preserve. It was an honor to serve as an Artist, especially during the Park Service's 2016 Centennial celebration year. It was also the experience of a lifetime to learn and showcase this incredible and under-appreciated public landmark.
When this exhibit hung in the historic Kelso Depot's Desert Light Gallery, many visitors asked what Photoshop technique I used to get the vibrant colors. Nature, not Adobe, gets the credit. My editing philosophy for my landscape photography is quite strict. I want you to have an expectation that if you visit these locations under similar conditions, you can have a similar experience - therefore, no compositing in a sky from a far off locale, no boosting color, no cloning in or out of trees or rocks, or whatever. I remove dust spots. I might, on occasion, crop slightly. But for me, and this is strictly how it works for me, the magic of photography happens when I push the button on the camera. Did I use every bit of my knowledge of light, my equipment (including my computer) and my vision to create these images? Absolutely. You can have the same experience but you would bring your own life history and make different images. I try to use digital processes our photographic ancestors in the late 1800's/early 1900's would have recognized in their analog world.