Thanks much for viewing my profile and/or works. And many thanks to all RedBubblers for sharing so many beautiful artistic creations.
I am a scientist, with a PhD in forest science from the University of British Columbia. I also have a strong interest in writing, illustration and photography, with professional publications in all three of these areas. I have had several stories and scores of illustrations published in the magazine Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Recent photo credits include a number of images in the 2009 book Weather of the Pacific Northwest by Cliff Mass, and the cover image for the 2012 version of the Natural Disasters textbook by Roland Stull. I have also been hired to take documentary photos of the University of British Columbia Farm, including landscape and wildlife images, for use in teaching, printed publications and online.
Photography for me is first a means of documenting the world in which I live, and second an art. I do not believe that every photo needs to meet a specific set of artistic or technical criteria to be interesting. In fact one thought that I tend to work by is, “There is only one rule in art: That there are no rules save the limitations you put on yourself (and, of course, those imposed by physical reality).” Also, a composition is a set of compromises. No single image can be “perfect” in the sense of having every variable exactly the way they are desired to be. Something akin to “perfect”, or “beauty”, may be found in the balance and tension between opposing forces in the composition.
Among the many subjects that I photograph, I especially enjoy capturing images of weather, landscapes, avians, arthropods and botanical specimens. I have a particular fondness for black-capped and chestnut-backed chickadees, as well as corvids, and spend a fair amount of my photographic effort on these birds. Dragonflies, ants and a host of Pacific Coast vegetation are also under the gaze of my lens quite frequently.
Sometimes I approach photography from a very artistic sense. At these times, the subject does not matter.
I am the father of both a daughter and son—two important inspirations in my life and my art.
On RedBubble, I have been a featured member in the Beautiful BC group in May and June 2013.