Narrative and Interpretive Digital Images


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My mission is to create
narrative and interpretive images and projects
that have significant meaning to the viewer.

When it comes to photography, I don't think that
narrative should be like a question,
it should be more like an answer.
This in the spirit of Picasso's
"I do not seek. I find."
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What's it all about?

It is not about cameras, optics, pixels, or software.

It is about conveying narratives and feelings through symbolism, metaphor, interpretive perspective, and such.

Hence, "Narrative and Interpretive Digital Images".

The challenge is discovering meaning worth saying, worth sharing, that can be conveyed in a visual language. Conveyed through our shared visual literacy.

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Reliance on Visual Literacy & Symbolism

The person who creates the image and the person who takes the time to react to the image are in a partnership, in a relationship.  A creative relationship based on shared symbolic meaning and significance.

Paraphrasing Arthur Danto:
Art is embodied meaning
interpreted by the viewer

Our shared visual literacy enables our capability to communicate literal and symbolic meaning; e.g. we all see the color red and feel the emotions of redness [e.g. here] — even more subtly we see a pathway through and beyond an opening and ponder our transcendence [e.g. here].  We share a universal visual skill-set that photorealism uses to communicate symbolically, and sometimes to share the mysterious and mystical.

I am aligned with Ansel Adams' famous assertion,
"There are always two people in every picture:
the photographer and the viewer."

And with Rocky Schenck's,
"To me, a photograph exists for the observer,
not the creator."

And ultimately, from Minor White,
"One should not only photograph things
for what they are
but for what else they are."

"...all reality is also at the same time symbolic."
Van Gogh



Event Photojournalism

My event photojournalism services have been shared between commercial clients and volunteering services to worthy causes and organizations.  It has certainly created the most shutter releases and hours of editing.

After a few years I ended the commercial services to focus on 'narrative and interpretive digital images' and networking those images.

Selectively I still volunteer services to causes that I consider strategic to photography and community, which have included Escondido Arts Partnership, Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside Museum of Art, and Muramid Museum. Life is balance, "Life is Choice".

Here's a project that blurs the lines between it all.


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Presence and Gratefulness

  • As a kid I grew up in Michigan, spent my last 7 years there in Kalamazoo, and graduated from WMU. Grateful.
  • As an adult I grew up in Silicon Valley, my gateway to the advanced industrialized world. Whoa. Grateful.
  • Now I thrive in the San Diego County CA USA corner of the digital-information age. Grateful.

My images and projects have been juried and/or invited into a variety of SoCal venues including; Oceanside Museum of Art/Artist Alliance Biennial, Fallbrook Art Center, Front Porch Gallery/Carlsbad, Escondido Arts Partnership/Municipal Gallery, The Art Of Digital Show/Lyceum Gallery, Mission Trails Art Gallery, Exhibition Of Photography/Del Mar, COVA Invitational San Diego Art Institute, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art.

Click here for a select list
of juried, invited, commissioned images

Although getting published is a secondary consequence, not a deliberate goal, click here for a select list of images that made it into publications.

I'm a member of Escondido Arts Partnership, Fallbrook Art Center, Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) and OMA Artist Alliance, and have served on the OMA-AA Steering Committee.

On several occasions I have been an invited speaker for Palomar College's photography program.

For several years I was a docent at the Museum Of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park.  An experience I am deeply grateful for.

I have participated in local photography clubs and guilds where I facilitated the interactive workshop Shoot For Story ~ Edit For Perception. I have also led that workshop at the International Exhibition of Photography/SD Fair Del Mar. If you are in education or a non-profit, and interested in the workshop, click here to contact me.