No one has seen the same sunset. No one has seen the same flower.
We can't possibly know the variations in each individual's sight, perceptions and emotions when they view something visually. The trick, as the photographer, is not to limit what someone sees in your work, or to force them to see what you see. No, for me the trick is to provide the widest expanse of perception possible, so that every person has their own, unique take on their experience.
I've heard mixed reviews about the use of Photoshop with photography. Some photographers seem to feel it's like "cheating;" that if you don't capture the image you want using light, aperture, filter, exposure time, settings etc., then you aren't, you know, legit. But when I take a photo, I see the potential of what the image can be made into using Photoshop. Some photos I don't alter at all. To be a photographer, one still needs the photographic eye; you can't get that from a computer. To my mind, Photoshop is a way to enhance the photo to what my imagination saw through the lens as I captured the scene on site.
I see Photoshop as a tool, just as I see certain painting mediums I use as a tool to create certain effects. The point is to evoke emotion in the viewer, whatever that may be. To let them into my imagination, or incite their own.
You'll notice that besides doors, I have a thing for old radiators, meters, pipes and brick. I also like the decay of nature. This can't be explained in any conventional sense, so I won't even try. Although I will say that decay is the process of all life, organic or otherwise--we are born literally into a decaying form, and everything we create will decay over time. Bleak? Not to me. To me, the things that are transient are the things that are most beautiful.
The photographs here have been taken from old, dilapidated buildings, decaying brick, things in transition, things changing before our eyes, from west coast locales such as San Francisco, to small towns in Utah, to New York City.
If you're interested in prints of any of these images, please email in the contact field stating the name of the image and the desired size. They can be made into prints or gallery wrapped canvas.