Advanced physics aside, the material world is real. Obvious? Not to everyone, not to Christian Scientists. As a teenager I began to rebel against my parents’ religion, which declares the physical universe nonexistent. I consider visible, tangible existence not only real but also sacred, and I try to convey my reverence in photographs. More than 60 years later, my rebellion endures.
When I photograph, I pursue the sheer corporeal existence of things. I aim to affirm and illustrate the substance of matter, so attributes like line, color, and texture interest me more than the overall scene or object photographed. I purposely forsake imparting a sense of scale or a metaphorical message. It is the pure beauty of matter that moves me.
My photographs feature aspects of the built and natural environments usually considered unremarkable; many of the subjects lend themselves to abstraction. When I spot something I wish to explore, I try to create a composition that accentuates and celebrates its splendor. Two major bodies of work offer examples. One is large trash containers. The other is an iron-breathing prismatic film resembling an oil slick that the Leptothrix discophora bacterium forms on water. With this work, I hope to impart my passion for our material surroundings and transmit my profound awe for the physical world.