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Artist Statement

At the beginning of 2010, I was lost. Single, 42, a professional film family and maternity photographer, I was told I wouldn’t be able to have children something I had always dreamed of. Not knowing what to do, I stopped working and started taking daily walks for hours with my dog, Salvador.

As a professional photographer, I didn’t usually take photos of my personal life. But after I bought an IPhone everything changed. This small device helped me to see again, like I did as a young photographer. My daily dog walks, critical for me to get through the day, became opportunities to photograph the happiness of Salvador in the changing Northwest light. I started to create a colorful tapestry of photographs that individually were slices of reality but collectively told a story of my loss and the letting go. I quickly learned how to make this little device do what I wanted, not only documenting things that Salvador and I witnessed, but also infusing the image with a mood. These photographs captured a richness in the mundane.

Enlarging these images blurs the line between photography and painting, creating a richness of Northwest color divorced from the reality of a traditional picture. These images represent a significant departure from my previous 20 years of work. Created by combining a ubiquitous digital capture medium, the cell phone camera, with the traditional methods of photography I learned through decades of work with far more sophisticated film cameras and lenses, these photos are a part of a much larger body of work, The Lost Year.

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