For years I have been photographing nature.
I have done this from the viewpoint of
a painter, searching for a certain unique
imagery. Sometimes I have felt it important
to capture in film that which I would
never see again. Often I’ve thought
that if I could fix the image in film,
it would always remind me of elements
necessary to make the paintings.
I do not copy from the photographs.
When I was included in an exhibition of
painters who use photographs in their
work, I felt like an intruder, a dissembler.
I did not really question this unease,
but went on happily taking my photographs
until I discovered the Black Swamp while
driving with a friend in Alabama. When
we passed this small swamp, I was overwhelmed
by the vision of it, and as we couldn’t
stop, I made several small sketches and
notes. The following day we returned to
the swamp and I photographed it for future
Being obsessed with my first sight of
the swamp, I neglected to develop the
film, and proceeded to create a Black
Swamp series, searching for a way to communicate
my initial experience. Just before I stated
the Diptych (Through the Black Swamp and
Beyond) I developed the film.