Most weekends find me with camera in hand. To reach some photography destinations I drive with a companion for an hour or more. To reach other locations I walk half an hour in solitude. Or I get in the car with no clear idea of where I’ll go. Always I try to stay open to what finds me, and not hunt down something specific.* I often photograph in natural areas and especially enjoy photographing water in all its manifestations. Spending time in nature and capturing its beauty—especially that of the Leptothrix discophora films—refreshes me. Photographing anything helps me affirm the reality of the physical world. Photographing the built environment—door handles, garden hoses, industrial exhaust fans, peeling paint, rusty vehicles—may give me the greatest opportunity to express and convey my most passionate conviction: that the physical universe matters and is not to be taken for granted. Things like door handles and garden hoses are residents of the material world that we usually regard as unremarkable. Isolating or focusing on common objects can move them from unremarkable to extraordinary. By concentrating on the commonplace I mean to call attention to its formal qualities—such as shape, color, tone, line, and texture—and so to illuminate the substance of matter.
* The big exception is my constant lookout for the thin film of Leptothrix discophora, one of the iron bacteria. (You can see 32 images of Leptothrix discophora films on my more formal website. Click on a thumbnail to see the full photograph. The photo gallery on my book’s website shows 25 more images of the films.)