The visible world is full of complexity, contradictions, and fleeting beauty. A camera is a tool to both preserve and discover these things, sometimes in completely unexpected ways. Often my photographs are discoveries made suddenly as I turn to observe a new location, or a new vantage point within a familiar scene. Others are more deliberately planned as attempts to capture the essential aspect of a subject seen previously. Almost all are attempts to recognize distinctive patterns of light and shadow, arrangements of forms, and emphatic color. Unintentionally, or not, all my work is impacted by more than thirty years as an historian of American art and my career at the National Gallery in Washington, DC.
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