About - PlacesOfGrace

About

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Nature and landscape photographer; collector of "Places of Grace"

My interest in landscape and nature photography began in the film era, inspired by the writings of John Muir, the black and white photos of Ansel Adams, and by Eliot Porter’s classic monograph, In Wildness is the Preservation of the World. I still enjoy recreating some of the magnificence of black and white prints produced in the darkroom, but the digital age has opened superb new opportunities for creative and colorful photographic expression.

Growing up in small town Ohio, I discovered that the beauty and grace of the natural world surround us everywhere. Whether wandering with my dog across open fields in Ohio, hiking the birch woods of northern Michigan, canoeing in the Canadian bush, or staring up at the Cascades from my grandparents’ home in Washington—I entered all these places into my mind’s database of places that are full of grace.

After a three decade-long career advocating for children, I have now found the time to more fully explore new places and am excited to share them and meet other photographers doing amazing and inspiring work. Among my favorite subjects are the chiaroscuro of light and shadows on the land, the drama of cloud formations, the grace of flowing water, and the majesty of mountains.

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