Artist Statement

Ed on Mauna Kea photographing the Transit of Venus

Ed on Mauna Kea photographing the Transit of Venus

I’ve always loved visiting the grand landscapes of the world. Nothing compares to the exhilarating feeling of being in the mountains and forests, in the desert canyons and along the seashores, experiencing firsthand the sights, sounds, smells, sun, wind, rain, flora, fauna, and even the insects that make the experience complete. Through my images, I attempt the elusive challenge of bringing some of that experience back in the two dimensional world of photography.

Careful composition, timing, and the right light are crucial to this process, but it does not end there. Painstaking attention to detail during post-processing is necessary to coax the best possible image from the raw data captured by the camera’s imperfect sensor. In the words of my greatest inspiration, Ansel Adams, “The Negative is the Score, the Print the Performance”. It was true in the days of film, and the digital equivalent is still true today. My goal is to produce a fine art print that shows how I felt when I made the image, but that remains true to the original scene.

Finally, my print paper of choice is Kodak Professional Endura Metallic color negative paper. I believe this finish adds a three dimensional, almost holographic characteristic that I find transcends the normally flat appearance of the medium. Some images, however, do look even better when printed on canvas or directly on metal, so I offer three different choices of print medium to complement any home decor.

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