Locked Down Looking Up started as a series of images made over time from a fixed point—outside my front door—during the San Francisco Bay Area’s lockdown to slow the spread of Covid-19. Multiple shots were combined to show the flight trails of birds, insects, and bats. While most everything in my life has come to a standstill, up in the air, there was still a lot going on. Later, when I started to be able to move around a little more, I began to explore other locations.
Like anyone who witnesses one, I’m fascinated by starling murmurations and have been trying to shoot them for years. But I’m always a little too late, or too far away, or it’s getting too dark. This year I got lucky. Each photograph is a composite of hundreds or thousands of images made over the course of a few seconds or minutes, showing the birds’ flight paths.
My house burned down recently. This series is a way of working on coming to terms with that.
This started out as a slightly whimsical series about the ways that little animal toys left around the house can sometimes surprise me. As I worked on it, it evolved into something sadder, threaded with the knowledge that little plastic models of some animals will be the only kind our children's children may have. I'm now focusing on threatened and endangered animals. Sadly, that list is so long that it really doesn't limit my options at all.
Datura and Brugmansia flowers, both of the Solanaceae plant family, release their powerful scent at night. They contain a hallucinogen and a poison that will stop the heart. The flowers last only a day and are as interesting on the inside as they are from below, above, and to the side.
After photographing many natural objects in darkness, I wondered what would happen if the colors were inverted—like a film negative. The result was, of course, light.
Red-green color blindness affects about seven or eight percent of American men, and most predatory animals. Do they have some advantage in seeing the world on a more level chromatic playing field, eliminating both the fiery end of the spectrum and the calming middle? Or are they just missing something the rest of us can't imagine doing without? These are part of a series of photographs of flowers in conventionally feminine, sensual colors, mainly red and pink, with hues shifted to approximate, for the rest of us, the way they might appear to people with severe red-green colorblindness.