When after many years making images and you develop what may be referred to as a personal style, either you or others looking at your work will be able to at least make some general comments about the focus of your work, that is, what usually is a part or all of your subject matter. An introspective look at my portfolio of many years would demonstrate two more obvious focal points-landscape with water and architectural detail (most notably doors and windows on older buildings). Unless one is well to do financially and can afford to travel at will, our native habitat and locale may in part, determine how these subjects become dear to the artist. While living in Southwest Michigan for many years, there were many barns and old homes in the rural countryside that served as suitable subjects of interest for me and allowed me to hone my skills at composition, light, and mood. While much of the same exists, if not more so here in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan (in great part due to the long abandoned iron and copper mining industries and the resulting diaspora of people that left), the existence of millions of miles of shoreline (both Lake Superior and Lake Michigan), as well as thousands upon thousands of creeks, rivers, and waterfalls, have indeed impacted what I look for and choose as subject matter, Moving water is hypnotic, sensual, and relaxing. Having followed a number of photographers on Flickr for some time, whose work is of high caliber, I notice the same draw to particular subject matter, whether it be nude models, landscapes, or still life-each artist eventually self-defining what is to be their own genre. This to me defines the established artist, as compared to those who are still in the infancy of their journey into self-discovery and the honing of vision. Look at the larger body of your work-what do you see?
“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”
— Ralph Hattersley