A photograph should always represent an artist’s unique vision, but it should also be honest. Today, artists have unprecedented control in image development. Wielding this power to create photographic illustrations that appear as photographs is misleading. We must not forget that with power comes responsibility. Therefore, I use a “pure process” approach that emphasizes previsualization in the capture process, and organic tonal mapping during development. At every step, I focus on the natural flow of energy that exists between myself and the environment, and not on manipulation.
I use simple, handheld cameras to create triptychs, which allow me to develop stories in greater depth than single photographs can. I never use filters or special effects lenses when capturing my images. Each photograph in my triptychs is minimally developed for exposure only. No content is ever added or removed from a scene. Finally, I make my film and digital negatives available for public viewing at select exhibits.
To me, this is photographic integrity. This is real.