A Gathering Storm
Pigment inkjet print, 22” x 19” inches
During the virus pandemic shutdown I have been doing some car trips and walks in Idaho forests, taking photographs that hopefully express my feelings about what has been happening in the world. The result has been an emerging body of work that differs significantly from the types of image I have previously been producing: landscape rather than town or city scenes, and black and white rather than color. My particular focus has been areas of forest fire damage — forest damage can symbolize the damage spread by the pandemic, while forest growth and regrowth can point to an eventual recovery.
I try to use my camera to capture images that hopefully say something about the world around us. I use computer editing techniques to produce particular visual effects in the finished pictures. However, the pictures do depict real situations that I have seen.