fter graduating from California State University, Sacramento with a BA in Environmental Studies in 1983, Dennis has successfully worked in the Environmental Compliance field for almost four decades. Dennis’ pedestrian pastimes took a decided turn towards the artistic when he traveled to the Czech Republic for a vacation in 1996. It was there that he unexpectedly discovered a talent for photography in the city of Prague. A city thousands of years old, Prague seemed to exhibit aspects of every extant type of architectural style and motif in its many fine old buildings. Its history took precedence at every available corner. It was within this setting that Dennis was inspired to begin composing photographs with his camera.
Dennis’ work has subsequently been published in Black & White Magazine and it can be seen on several digital platforms, such as ndmagazine and the Photo Review website. Dennis recognizes that his photography repeatedly involves geometric forms, light and shadow & straight lines. He attributes this to an art style called minimalism.
Dennis recently retired from the environmental field and now has time to put a greater focus on his photography; he intends get his work out where others can see it, either through art galleries, publications, or through digital platforms. He is proud to be a member of the Center for Photographic Art (CPA). He believes that the CPA membership has and continues to be, a strong influence on photographic art.
I’m influenced by 20th Century Modernist art: by the painters; Georgia O’Keeffe, Mark Rothko and Eyvind Earle; by the 20th Century photographers Ansel Adams and Edward Weston and by contemporary photographers such as: Michael Kenna, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Michael Levin, Rolfe Horn and Roman Lornac.
I believe these artists used basic forms: the square, the rectangle, the straight line and the circle to evoke emotion in their viewers. It is these basic forms that influence my own work. I’ve compiled this definition for minimalist photography: The use of minimum quantities of components like shape, color, texture and line in a composition to distill a subject to its most basic form, a composition that focuses on the essence of the subject and not its supporting elements. I use this definition for selecting/separating my work for consideration. By far, minimalist imagery is the most difficult to produce. Yet, it provides the greatest satisfaction when a great work is brought about.