"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."

Henry Miller

 
This quote expresses how I try to use photography to reveal the “magnificent world" of ordinary things. The look of my work is based on my experience with the art and culture of East Asia and the spare images of ink paintings, where a simple depiction of a branch of flowering plum or a stalk of bamboo can convey deeper meanings than the modest subjects might first suggest. I typically shoot the subjects of my photographs as silhouettes against a monochromatic background, such as a clear or overcast sky, to produce images with strong contrast that emphasize form. I hope to create arresting photographs based on looking at things that are immediately around me and that I, and presumably others, often pass by without noticing. Why do we often fail to notice all the things around us? This is the essential question I try to address with my photographs.




 

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Introduction to the images

JUL

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“NATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION: WORKS ON PAPER” 
LONG BEACH ISLAND FOUNDATION OF THE ARTS &  
SCIENCES, LOVELADIES, NEW JERSEY. JUNE 2–26, 2017.​

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WORKS IN current and recent EXHIBITs

“BLACK AND WHITE”  PHOTOPLACE GALLERY

MIDDLEBURY, VERMONT.   JULY 12–AUGUST 12, 2017.​

Swallow and Lotus

MAR

“AVIARY”    GRIFFITH MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY AT LAFAYETTE CITY CENTER GALLERY, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS.   MARCH 21–JULY 21, 2017.

JUN

photographs