As a Western Canadian photographer, the subject matter I am passionate about addresses primarily, but not exclusively, the landscapes of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta and British Columbia, as well as images from the national parks of Montana, Utah, Arizona, California, the Four Corners Region, and European architecture, especially cathedrals and places of spirit. Since 1991 the majority of my work has been the crafting of these images as fine art black and white prints for exhibitions nationally and internationally. However, for the last five years I have chosen to express these images in the medium of the hand-crafted platinum/palladium print because this classic process more fully reveals the entire original tonal scale. It conveys a sense of three dimensionality, and enables me to convincingly translate the elements of space, water, atmosphere,and land with a delicacy unattainable with any other process. In other words, from the viewer's perspective, it creates a sense of presence. My preference is to photograph with large format view cameras utilizing sheet films ranging in size from 8"X10", 7"X17",8"X20" up to and including the ultra-large 12"X20". I chose these formats because of their exaggerated rectangles, which extend the sweeping narrative of the landscape, and because it most effectively articulates the way I see the world. And, from the viewer's perspective, it invites a different way of seeing, more like a journey through a new land. The view camera also has the unsurpassed ability to control perspective and capture the greatest amount of detail. Images in platinum in some respects resemble the tonality and atmosphere of those late 19th century National Geographic monochrome images, and the timeless ethereal quality of a platinum print is very much suited to landscapes, architecture and portraiture.
Modern visions and interpretations of time and place supported by historical processes such as platinum printing can produce very compelling imagery. This unique printing process and impressionist interpretation are brought together through a photographic technique which is as unusual as it is rare and which also had its origins in the nineteenth century. Negatives measuring 12 inches by 20 inches or 8 inches by 20 inches allow one to explore visions in a new and more expansive visual encounter possible only through the optical language of photography. This impacts the viewer directly by articulating a vast sweeping narrative . Thus, the imagery itself, the platinum printing process to support this imagery and the technique to capture it on film are combined together to produce bold and compelling visual statements. In addition, and for some projects most importantly, the unsurpassed archival characteristics of the platinum print provides an enduring legacy and conduit to the past for future generations.