"I've been told on occasion that I need to have an "artist's statement". That it would be helpful to be able to talk about my work. However, I fall into the camp of William Eggleston who said, "Whatever it is about pictures, photographs, it's just about impossible to follow up with words. They don't have anything to do with each other". Exactly. That being said however, I'll give it a try.
I was born in Los Angeles and began my photography career there in 1975. After moving to Seattle in 1989, I discovered the amazing landscape of Eastern Washington while on a commercial assignment and vowed to return. With regard to these Landscapes, I look for light (sometimes found, sometimes created), color or tones, with compositions that tend toward the classical. I’ve found over the years that my landscape work is informed by my commercial work, and influenced by Arnold Newman, Edward Hopper and Piet Mondrian, with regard to lighting and composition. I drive or walk until I see something that catches my eye and then I shoot it. Or I don't. I'm usually feeling cold, (or hot) tired and almost always wishing I had brought something to eat and a beer. I do that all day until it's dark, then find a motel, sleep and then get up and do it all over again. The truth is I simply recognize and react.
These images are printed using Cone Piezography™ multi gray and black ink carbon pigment. A custom mixed warm ink set and a cooler set with a tint designed for the slight eggplant hue of a selenium-toned print are used in an Epson 9880. Both of these sets are custom mixed from four different Piezography™ ink sets and printed on Canson Edition Etching paper, a 100% cotton Fine Art paper with a smooth texture, reminiscent of the original genuine etching and printmaking papers." - Jeff Corwin