Photography for me is about capturing fleeting moments of beauty. I have a profound love of nature and this love transferred so directly to being able to keep moments that I experience there. Visual arts of various kinds always called to me. I don’t have any talent for drawing or painting so that medium was not an option and others found their way into my life in my teens. Collage and batik were two mediums I enjoyed a great deal, but then I discovered photography and it came to take center stage in my creative expression.
I always loved taking snapshots and Polaroids as a kid. My family took vacations in a travel trailer each summer during my youth, all over the U.S. and Canada. Through these trips and many other camping trips in my home state of Minnesota grew inside me a love for all the incredible sights that North America offered. I feel so blessed that my parents gave me this experience that expanded my world view, and birthed in me a continuous desire to see more. The moods of any given location are sometimes only truly captured by someone who lives in the area and photographs the same things over and over in different ways and every possible condition of the weather. There are not enough years or money for me to explore and photograph everything I would love to capture. I know there are photographers who dedicate their lives to chronicling human events so that we can never forget the history we create as moments pass, and I respect their work, but it is not a genre of photography that I could follow myself. My photography’s purpose is to remind me of the beauty here in this world when I get lost in the wars and horrendous deeds of humans. The detail and complexity in a single flower shows me that no matter what we humans do here on earth there is divine origin to this world. Capturing these things helps me to feel close to the Creator and never lets me take this incredible creation for granted.
I love digital and have combined this rekindled love with several years of working with layout and design for my website. Working with effects on some photos to create what feels like a painting is exciting for someone who always wished she could paint!
I hope that there is something here in my collection that touches you or relates to an experience you have had. To me that is what all creative endeavors are about, expressing ourselves and allowing other people into our world as we see it and feel it.