"A Ming vase can be well-designed and well-made and is beautiful for that reason alone. I don't think this can be true for photography. Unless there is something a little incomplete and a little strange, it will simply look like a copy of something pretty. We won't take an interest in it."  --John Loengard

Various Subjects

When I saw the above quote from John Loengard, I could only wish that I had been clever enough to say it myself. He has, in just a few words, summed up a great portion of my attitude toward photography. Hoot!--there are so many photographs that are nothing more than pretty pictures with predictable compositions and perhaps a splash of vivid color. They are boring photographs of interesting subjects. Our attention is better held by interesting photographs of boring subjects. I will make photographs of anything that I think I might like to see again, if I can create an interesting presentation of the subject. Generally, though not always, I look for strong graphic components that impart energy to a still image.

It's unlikely that you'll like every photograph on this web site, nor in the galleries of any other photographer. But I hope that you'll agree that the collection here is not just another batch of "pretty pictures."

Trail Guide Mr. Merkel's Window Collared Lizard Ford - 1915
Fork in the City Shadow Play Tracks North Parked Cars Weathered Oak Leaf and Ice Only the Sound of Birds Outside 93444 Chop Suey Impressions Black Canyon Skylight Through the Rocks Blue on White Rock and Sea Number 3 Steamboat Rock Sunset and Salt Valentine School

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Seligman, Arizona

Seligman, Arizona is located between Kingman and Ash Fork on Route 66. Interstate 40 takes a more direct and higher speed route. The small communities on the old road are shells of their active days when Route 66 was the main and only road through this section of Arizona. Before Interstate 40 opened, Seligman saw nine-thousand cars a day.

Some people of Seligman have made an effort to draw interest and traffic once again to their town. They've had some success, but it is a challenging task. There are restrictions on billboard promotions along Interstate 40, and the Yavapai County Council has not shown interest in funding restoration or promotional efforts.

People won't spend money in Yavapai County if they don't stop.

The Seligman T-Shirt Bikers Arrive That Clean Clothes May Prevail
Texaco Remnant Food, Fuel, and Weeds Grocery and Relic The Road East Aztec Motel Wall Art Teepee Camping

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And now for something completely different...

When creating the files to print my photographs, I'm mostly involved with just color balance and density (lightness and darkness). Occasionally, though, I like to experiment with digital manipulations. With an attitude of "if it's worth doing at all, it's worth doing in excess," I take digital alteration to bizarre and surreal results. Sometimes the effort is worthwhile.

Alice's New Adventure Richfield Corner Ray Charles
Chromatic Highway Through Pastel Guitars Darth Cobra Giant Mushrooms

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