I was introduced to fine art photography in Denmark, and to the photographers who pioneered the art form. They have been my greatest influence, and I followed their traditions down to the large format film and cameras I have used. I wanted to photograph in the mountains and deserts, and my familiarity with those places comes from my family’s love of the outdoors, of roaming the backroads and highways of the western states.
Graphic arts are part of architecture that focuses on design, drawing, and rendering, but I don’t remember making conscious decisions to use them to create a definitive photographic style. On retrospection I have consistently combined influences from my design background with traditional photographic subjects to create images with strong graphic design. The choice of black and white removes a connection to photographic reality. Lineal and aerial perspective, shapes, massing of elements, and gradations of tone are the essence of the forms portrayed by the subjects. The choice of large format film gives detail that overlays documentary information on the graphic design producing a multi-layered image where everything you see is totally real, except for the part that isn’t. And, I am a preservationist; photography can allow us to ponder the past and remember what inevitably changes.