The word photography comes from the Greek (phos-graphi) and means light writing. Light is what makes photography possible.
When I see something that excites me visually, I set up my camera and look through the ground glass, visualizing the scene not how it appears, but how I want it to appear on paper. Visualizing how I want the print to appear dictates how I will expose my film to light. It is the information in the negative that is my syntax, to make my final statement—the print. If a print cannot match the intensity the photographer felt when he made the image, the work fails. A fine print should say everything, and look effortless.
In the darkroom, when I am printing an image that is successful in translating something magical onto paper —I am as happy as a person can be. It is the synergy of photographing and printing that makes photography so special to me.
Passion is a very important part of the creative process. Talent without passion leaves a void. Passion without talent has no foundation. It is when talent, passion and technical ability meet, that a symphony of beauty and inspiration can be created. I work exclusively with film in a darkroom – no digital anything!