“Photography is an austere and blazing poetry of the real.” ~ Ansel Adams
I am an amateur photographer primarily capturing nature and landscape images in the Chicago area. But I allow my camera to capture any image in any setting that I find beautiful and moving. Indeed, the act of photography helps to open my eyes to world around me, proving more a gift to the senses than a mere technological exercise.
For me it is all about light, color and pattern, but primarily about the light. What on one day is a mundane subject not worthy of opening the shutter, may on the next be made pleasing by the orange glow of early morning light. My landscapes cannot compete with photos of Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, or the Lofoten Islands, but I try to make the most of what is before me, never leaving the camera behind.
A large number of my photos are from Fermilab in Batavia, where I work as a financial manager. Fermilab is one of the Department of Energy’s 17 national science and technology laboratories, sitting on 6,800 acres with “restored prairie, a herd of bison, fishing holes, abstract sculpture and a central building modeled, in spirit at least, on the Beauvais Cathedral in France.” Fermilab promotes a strong wildlife and habitat conservation program and is home to diverse communities of plants, birds, mammals, insects, and aquatic life. In addition, its habitat includes tall-grass prairie, old-field grassland, forest and marsh. All of this combines for a rich environment for the photographer.
Yes I would like to sell a few photos to help defray the costs. But my primary motivation, and what gets me excited, is to share these photos with you (often to the point of annoying persistence). So please take some time, relax, and enjoy the photos.
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