Some eleven years ago, I began by photographing bucket-list locations and imitating many styles. It was how I gained skill, experience, and discovered what moved me and what did not. While initially enjoyable, this was never completely satisfying. What was missing was me.

Now, I make images for myself, which is greatly fulfilling and the only way to be true to my work. Filtering pre-conceptions, expectations, benchmarks and others' voices is ever the challenge.

When a moment or scene unfolds and makes me ask, "I wonder what that would look like photographed?", that is pure, simple joy.

For those interested in the technical side, I just moved to the Nikon Z7ii and it has been a marvelous change. My back up/walkabout is the Nikon Z7 with the 24-120mm.  Lenses include the Laowa 12mm, Nikon 14-24mm, Nikon 24-70mm, Nikon 70-200mm, Nikon 70-300mm, Nikon 100-400mm, Nikon 105mm macro and the venerable Nikon 200mm Micro.  It all sits on Induro Stealth tripod legs, RRS BH-55 ball head. I converted my D7200 to infrared for a new world to explore.  Processing is done in Photoshop, Lightroom, and occasionally Nik and Topaz.

(Photo by Jack Graham)