We have been involved with photography for over thirty years, but have only recently been persuaded to share our efforts publicly. We are both mainly traditional film photographers who have begun to work in the digital realm to a limited extent, believing that computers have their place as a viable substitute for a standard darkroom, but should not be used to over-manipulate images. The photographs are presented as glossy 8x12 prints on photo paper (not ink jet prints), with 11x14 matting. Each is signed and numbered, limiting the number available for sale. In addition, we have added a label on the back of the mat explaining something of our feelings about the photo.
We feel that in photography, subject matter and our connection to it dictates how we take our photos. The play of the light and shadow of the instant, a fascination with details and textures, and the desire to capture the feel of motion in a still picture determines how we set up a particular shot. Sometimes it is simple serendipity and the ability to take advantage of happenstance that makes for a fine photo.
The majority of our pictures are of Ireland, a place that has a special place in our lives. Our most representative shots were taken in County Tipperary at the 11th century castle and monastery called The Rock of Cashel. The textures, angles, and shadows created for us powerful images. We feel that these photos convey the instant attachment we both felt for the place and its spirit. In addition, we are also including several other pictures from our Irish experience. Many were taken in County Sligo and have a much different feel. The lonely ruins of the abbey at Staad, the contrast of color and shadow depicted in the arches and columns of Sligo Abbey and the gothic arches of the oaks at the Tawley Mass Rocks are depictions of Ireland that most tourists miss. In addition, we have images of Blarney Castle, Dublin, and Roscrea available.
Trains, race cars, and the ruins of Route 66 are other areas to which we have a particular connection. From a steam engine emerging from the fog of the California coast, to the art deco logo of a Santa Fe Super Chief streamliner, to the mechanical delights of the crank and gears of a Shay locomotive, our railroad pictures convey the life, beauty, and power of one of the most romantic industries in American history. Race cars too show speed and power, but also sensuality, and the ruins of an old gas station on Route 66 echo the stone ruins of Ireland, although in a far drier place.
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