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polychromatic

polychromatic

The Polychromatic portfolio is based on the theory of Color Therapy. My goal is to represent this through photography. In this particular body of work I have used the computer to help enhance the imagery. I photographed things from butterflies to bird feathers and crystals and combined the images with colored light gathered through prisms and a beam splitter. The images were then heavily filtered in the computer to achieve the desired results.

Certain colors have been proven to effectively help people with their emotions, this awareness dating back to Avicenna, the Arab philosopher of the early Middle ages. My work follows the research of Edwin Babbitt (1828-1905) and his book The Principles Of Light And Color, The Classic Study Of The Healing Power Of Color, edited and Annotated by Faber Birren. The Citadel Press 1967. His work examines chromatic harmony of gradation and contrast, and how chromatic colors placed opposite those which form a chemical affinity with them. An example of this being the colors yellow green, yellow orange, and orange being (animating to the nerves), while opposite colors dark violet, violet and violet indigo are( soothing to the nerves) He studied the color components of atoms with influx and efflux ethers passing through a ligo tube.

I feel this body of work will evoke a sense of peace, harmony and playfulness that lends itself towards healing through color. It is my intention to create imagery that is vibrant, and engaging and will enlighten a viewers daily life with lightheartedness and inspiration. The abstract non-representational images I present have the power to do all these things as well as provide entertainment by showing the viewer a combination of endless color, form, vibration and movement. It is my hope that you will find the colors and imagery contemplative and therapeutically pleasing.

Polychromatic and The Healing Powers of Color.
architectural abstraction

architectural abstraction

My aim in this series is not just to photograph buildings that have exquisite architectural design, but to look for segments in the architecture, the mechanisms that work within a structure. Architecture to me does not just mean a building or design. By segmenting the object with a critical eye, the photograph becoming architecture of abstraction.
cubism

cubism

In my cubism body of work I use photography in a way that takes photography from the inherent singularity and literalness of just taking a picture and push it further into the realm of abstraction. My goal that photo-mechanical photography well before the advent of photo shop, is limitless in the ability for artistic abstract expressionism. This work pays a tribute to the study of Marcel Duchamp "nude descending a staircase, Pablo Picasso and Braque's cubist violin and candlestick, 1910.
eye candy

eye candy

The eye candy series is a body of work that could really incorporate most everything I shoot. There doesn't have to be a general theme, only what would look good on film, generally color film and what later might look good produced on a very large photographic print. I think of each shot as it's own individual masterpiece. You need not have twenty shots of motors when one says it all.
fordograms

fordograms

If Man Ray can have his Rayograph then I as Ford must have my fordographs and further my fordograms. This ongoing body of work is out of deep appreciation for a history of photography in abstract expressionism. From artist like Man Ray to Rodchenko and Lazlo Maholy Nagy , I strives to join the ranks of photographers who push the medium beyond the literal deep into the abstract realm. The photograms I have created are crafted using old professional photographic processing reels and equipment, thus giving the images a richness and purity that directly relate to photographic history in more ways than one. Something only a photographer who is a workman in process would have access to such laboratory equipment. My darkroom is like taking a tour into a museum of gigantic photograph equipment and although mostly outdated by today’s standards of digital photography, the machines are still more than adequate for creating fine art photography of the highest quality available today.
houses

houses

San Leandro, California contains many colorful examples of post-war, suburban architecture.
barn yard friends

barn yard friends

In the rooster series I have set out to capture the spirit and individual character of these famously feathered creatures. Working hard to make each shot as formal of a portrait as possible. I often use my rolleiflex camera and hand held off camera flash to get in up close and personal on these fine feathered creatures. Often I climb in the hen house to make these portraits personal. I've photographed these beautiful Roosters and Hens from Boston to California.
tiny universe series

tiny universe series

In this series I have set out to make us think about size. How big and how small we actually are. My tiny universe series or ford galaxies if you will, are on a micro level, a discovery of how infinite space is even on the smallest level. This body of work although it is incredibly abstract is really one of the most pure forms of photographic process. The photogram which was first used by William Henry Fox Talbot in his photogenic drawings of plant matter around 1839, is a camera-less image made by placing objects over sensitized paper. Although this process is often taught to beginning photography students it shows photography's unique ability to enter the abstract realm on an advanced level as well. I have used this process differently by making my photograms unique by recording air bubbles and dust particles directly onto 4" x 5" ortho-chromatic film. Thus giving me the option to enlarge and reproduce the one off image created at any size and scale. These images are also incredibly unique when simply viewing the original orthochromatic negatives without enlargement as well.
western scenes

western scenes

Here I have set out to capture the details of the American west with my medium and large format cameras. From 8" x 10" portraits of Arizona's saguaro's to old store front signs, This is a continuing body of work to capture my interest in the American west and particularly the southwest. Stay tuned for my more images to be added to this portfolio soon as I have many more images to scan and upload here.
fordograph on flickr.com

fordograph on flickr.com

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Hometown: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Occupation: Photographer


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