I came to photograph the natural world during my time in South
Carolina. It was a serendipitous event, opening a whole new terrain and
sensibility for me. I learned that photographing nature was more than
shooting trees and water and such, but revealed the connection - a
spiritual one - between man and nature.
I returned home with this new vision and an ultra wide angle lens.
Concentrating on landscapes, I found it suited me - I liked how the
barrel distortion stretched the edges of the frame, giving a sense of
movement to the image. The expansiveness of the lens itself could either
bring me in and amongst the spaces of an intimate collection of objects,
or zoom out to place me in the totality of a broad setting. And through
most of it, I was at the center of the experience.
Nothing here is constricted: small spaces open up, larger spaces span
out. With a specialized lens and unrestrained spirit, the landscape is