Arts Ministry, Digital Imagery, Education, Graphic Design, Photography
Artist / Personal Statement
Some artists paint with oils. I paint with pixels.
Influenced by the pictorialists and the look and feel of images created by cheap, low-tech Holga cameras, I resonate with not knowing every detail of an image. There is joy in mystery.
What is most significant about my work is not what was originally in front of the camera, but rather the final image – artistically manipulated to achieve my ultimate vision. An unapologetic pictorialist, I shoot what I see and then I make it what it becomes.
If my imagery has a mission, it is to make the unseen the seen. It is to show things in a different perspective, presented in a more interesting way. I feel that I have failed as an "artist" if someone can look at one of his images and say, “I could have done that.”
Shooting digital Nikons, I like to rework the imagery on my iMac by bossing the pixels around in Photoshop, adding layers and/or textures to the original and using a variety of actions.
Proud to be a Son of the Republic of Texas, I lived in Germany for a couple of years while my father was stationed there in the US Army (Sgt. Largent, of course). I left my home state for the mountains of Tennessee in 1972.
While earning my BA in Photographic Design from TN Temple University in Chattanooga, I was exposed to alternative photography processes (pinhole, gum dichromate / cyanotype printing, etc.) and to the photographers who helped shape my artistic vision: Steiglitz, Steichen, Day, etc.
Working for studios, a film production house, a couple of daily newspapers, and TV station helped me fully develop my "real world" photography skills. I have also freelanced magazine and agency assignments from Maine to Washington and on location around the globe.
I set my camera down for a 25 year career in graphics in Atlanta where I held the titles of: graphic designer, art director, magazine design director, studio owner, creative director, and director of marketing.
After moving back to Chattanooga, TN in 2006, I picked up my cameras again having rediscovered the joy of photography for photography's sake.
I am currently employed as the Creative Director for InView Graphics, a retail marketing and large format digital printing company. I am blessed to have access to an amazing array of tools which allows me -- and other photographers -- to experiment with printing on a variety of roll and rigid substrates such as artist papers, canvases, artist panels, rusty metals, brushed aluminum, wood, etc.
Currently working toward a MFA-Visual Arts from Azusa Pacific University. I also teaching graphics and/pr photography as an Adjunct at Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, Georgia. I taught graphics 3.5 years at Graphic Design courses at Chattanooga State Technical Community College between 2006 and 2010 and has been a guest lecturer in photography at Lee University and Covenant College.
My photo imagery work is currenly on display at The District Gallery in Knoxville, TN and is open to representation at other galleries in the USA.
I am also experimenting with manipulating images until they are unrecognizable as photos, but take on a new life of their own. By working the images through the various tools and filters of Photoshop I am able to create forms, patterns and shapes to my liking. Having some OCD tendancies, I like to create chaos then organize it!