The Teton Exploration photographs at Rayko Gallery, San Francisco, June 2010.
The Teton Exploration
This work draws from both the explorative spirit of the pioneer photographer and the pictorial style popular during the 1880's. By emphasizing dramatic light and form, rather than detail, the photographs become transcendental in effect. The images are soothing and nostalgic, assuming a sort of historical fantasy as they transport us to a simpler, more innocent time. The Teton Exploration is an impressionistic photographic study of the path of water and its affect on land and the atmosphere. Water is mysterious and fascinating in all its forms (ice, rain, rivers, puddles, steam, clouds) because of its ability to diffuse, filter, reflect, and enhance light and the landscape. I use the elements of nature itself—the sun and water—along with motion and time, to portray the scenes. The water not only dances with light, but it carves into the land, shaping inanimate matter on the surface. These photographs are documentary and geometric, yet often present an ethereal flow or mist descending like a gift before it rises up again from our earth. While capturing a precise moment, the images depict an endless cycle, making them in effect, infinitely connected to all time.
All photographs are traditional, darkroom prints hand made from black and white film. They have not been manipulated by filters or computers. These photographs of Jackson Hole, The Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone are signed and numbered by the artist.