I look at an artist’s work, including my own, as a progression over time. My new work, Time Keepers, explores the counterpoint between the perceived immortality of the stones and the mortality that burdens us all. The photographs were made in the Four Corners area; primarily southern Utah, northern Arizona and northern New Mexico. It is a unique landscape. Every time I go there, I find myself wondering if it was all real. Deep inside I get the feeling that man does not belong here. Like the rest of nature, there is no kindness or compassion in the natural order. How would you survive in a landscape of stone? But it is a beautiful place that attracts me with it’s secrets.
When I work, it is like automatic writing. I photograph stones that I am drawn to and try to capture the mystery of that attraction. They bear witness to the primordial forces of the Earth—the raw power that moved and shifted huge hunks of rock to form natural stone sculptures. In my photographs I try to capture the experience of standing before these beautifully monumental and mysteriously timeless objects. These are places that tell the story of nature’s power.
My photographs pay homage to this landscape.