What do I see when you turn out the lights

I use my house, yards, and the cul-de-sac I live on as the setting for my work. Everyday objects that don't have extraordinary relevance are combined and redefined. Often my subject matter is personal, dealing with my own feelings of home, family and the suburban dream.

In the dark I find myself searching for something with a flashlight. I photograph in long exposures using hand-held lights to paint light over a prepared scene. Preparation for these images starts with ideas in journals, dreams and conversations. Sometimes, however, I go out into the dark with no preconceived notion. I'm interested in the narrative qualities that are expressed when time is compressed onto a single sheet of film.

Sometimes narratives are imposed by me and other times the objects reveal their own narratives;  but the final image is always a compromise between myself and the subject. I don't use an accurate shutter or "high-tech" lighting equipment. This is more intentional than economical. I prefer to rely on intuition over scientific calculation. This enables me to paint light by feeling rather than by numbers.

I walk through a scene painting light, often leaving hints of human presence or the need for one. The simple, yet intense use of color mimics the loose nature of dreams -- lacking everyday details -- generous in symbolism.

These are images that have gotten caught in my dreams. I bring them to the surface as an underwater photographer brings his images up from the ocean depths.

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