In Blue Daylight is my largest and longest-lived series of works, spanning the years from about 1991 to 2008, when I used up my last sheet of Technical Pan, my film of choice that Kodak has discontinued several years earlier.

Many of these works were created while I was Artist-In-Residence at Yosemite National Park in 1997 and 1998 in a program supported by Yosemite Renaissance. They record my acts of interacting with the landscape: of looking, exploring, and recording my presence within it. Yosemite is a land of enormous vistas weighted with the history of photography in the American West. While it’s difficult to ignore those big views, I was also interested in the commonplace textures of a more typical tourist experience. In the Yosemite works and in the rest of this ongoing series, my subject matter sometimes explores locations documented by the earliest photographers. Other times it touches on a world they would have had a hard time imagining.

On the technical side, to intensify my dialog with photography's first practitioners, the works in this series employ extreme blue filtration and extended exposures to emulate the response of the wet collodion plates used by the survey photographers. At the same time, I am using modern films and equipment, and the prints now come through digital output, using color profiles I derived from vintage color-shifted albumen prints from 1860s and 1870s Western expeditions. While my working method has some built-in easy ironies and interesting contradictions, my main interests remain in the power of photography to create documents that are both of this day and timeless, a power that can describe with clarity but also create images rich with ambiguity.

Images 15 x 18¾ inches on paper 17 x 22 inches. Editions of 20. Also available as large custom prints on dibond ca. 48 x 60 inches.

  • Hetch-Hetchy Reservoir from O'Shaughnessy Dam, Yosemite National ParkHetch-Hetchy Reservoir from O'Shaughnessy Dam, Yosemite National Park
  • Double Self-Portrati with Medium-sized Sequoia, Yosemite National ParkDouble Self-Portrati with Medium-sized Sequoia, Yosemite National Park
  • Triple Self-Portrait with Large Sequoia, Yosemite National ParkTriple Self-Portrait with Large Sequoia, Yosemite National Park

  • Under Stoneman Bridge, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National ParkUnder Stoneman Bridge, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park
  • Salvaged Picnic Tables, Yosemite National ParkSalvaged Picnic Tables, Yosemite National Park
  • West Entrance to Wawona Tunnel, Yosemite National ParkWest Entrance to Wawona Tunnel, Yosemite National Park

  • Palms I, Desert Center, CaliforniaPalms I, Desert Center, California
  • Palms II, Desert Center, CaliforniaPalms II, Desert Center, California
  • Breezeway, Desert Center School, CaliforniaBreezeway, Desert Center School, California

  • Culvert Under Eagle Mountain Railway I, near Chocolate Mountains Aerial Gunnery Range, CaliforniaCulvert Under Eagle Mountain Railway I, near Chocolate Mountains Aerial Gunnery Range, California
  • Culvert Under Eagle Mountain Railway II, near Chocolate Mountains Aerial Gunnery Range, CaliforniaCulvert Under Eagle Mountain Railway II, near Chocolate Mountains Aerial Gunnery Range, California
  • Snack Bar on Stern of USS Midway, San Diego Aircraft Carrier MuseumSnack Bar on Stern of USS Midway, San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum

  • Overpass on I-5 over Peasquitos Creek, San DiegoOverpass on I-5 over Peasquitos Creek, San Diego
  • Tourists at Fonts Point, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CaliforniaTourists at Fonts Point, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California
  • Trail up Inferno Cone, Craters of the Moon National Monument, IdahoTrail up Inferno Cone, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

  • Viewpoint over Shoshone Falls I, IdahoViewpoint over Shoshone Falls I, Idaho
  • Basketball Hoop and Burned Slope, Yellowstone National ParkBasketball Hoop and Burned Slope, Yellowstone National Park
  • Ranger Station, Yellowstone National ParkRanger Station, Yellowstone National Park

  • Burned Slope II, 20 Years after Yellowstone Fire, Yellowstone National ParkBurned Slope II, 20 Years after Yellowstone Fire, Yellowstone National Park
  • Burned Slope I, 20 Years after Yellowstone Fire, Yellowstone National ParkBurned Slope I, 20 Years after Yellowstone Fire, Yellowstone National Park
  • Portico, Yellowstone Lake Hotel, Yellowstone National ParkPortico, Yellowstone Lake Hotel, Yellowstone National Park