I am the most satisfied in my darkroom processing film, and printing gelatin-silver prints, even with all the digital technology available today. Film slows me down, keeps me on my toes and forces me to be selective when looking for that perfect shot to tell my story. And, what is my story? Right now, it’s called Second Amendment and this is a body of work that explores my discontent with the treatment of our wild spaces. It forces me to ask the question, how can we fix this? My group of images explores what I have found in the wilderness areas around my hometown, and how gun enthusiasts have chosen to abuse our forests in the name of second amendment rights. This is a group of images that study the wilderness landscape revealing the destruction of our trees, and the man-made mess left behind.
I am making these photographs because I want to bring awareness to this destruction. And, above all, I’d like to better understand the laws and why our government allows beautiful areas to be ravaged, knowing full well most people don’t follow “the rules.”
I’m reminded of a quote that my mother shared with me. It motivates me to continue to make these images.
“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed … We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.” – Wallace Stegner, The Sound of Mountain Water