EROSION

In 2003 I embarked upon my first photography project. I had been involved in photography for years beforehand, but only on what I would consider a superficial level. I was honing my technical chops you might say. I made everything from the latest digital prints to 3 color gum prints and platinum prints. My problem was that I just kept making the same images over and over again. It was as though I had nothing to say besides "Here, look at this pretty photo I took". I wanted and needed more.

I had planned a hiking trip to Escalante Utah where I was to spend two weeks camping and hiking. Every search I did of slot canyons turned up thousands upon thousands of images of Antelope Canyon. It was as though the entire photography world was gaga for Antelope Canyon. At the same time there are literally hundreds of other amazingly beautiful slot canons to visit all over Utah, yet Antelope Canyon had become a tourist attraction.

I finally realized as I looked through all of these photos that the photos I had been making for the past ten years would no longer cut the mustard. Modernism was dead and to sit around photographing the same landscapes over and over would just not cut it in my book anymore. Beautiful landscape photos only turned the quiet wilderness I loved into a tourist attraction.

Erosion has a double meaning for me - not only was it photographs of amazingly beautiful places where water had worked it magic over thousands of years - it was also the eroding away of my own notions of what art and photography are and can be.

Erosion helped me find my own voice as an artist and was the last time I really concentrated on making "Ansel Adams" beautiful landscapes. The world needs more than just pretty sunset photos.