Artist's Statement - Water, Stone, and Cloud
I should also point out that working with a high quality digital camera presented several advantages whose absence had probably kept me from exploring the medium before. The first was the simply the low cost of shooting images in a format where failures meant nothing more than a couple of clicks on the computer screen to eliminate. The other important aspect was the ease of working on the images using software rather than a darkroom and an enlarger. Issues of colour balance, cropping, or even the removal of anomalies that affected the reading of the image were relatively easily achieved using Photoshop. These assets simply allowed a kind of fluidity in my thinking, moving quickly from taking the photograph to the editing stage. Many images were collected in the landscape surrounding my studio so it was easy to check the images and go back out to shoot some more if what I had taken on the first try didn't work.