Large Format Film

My film image are printed by hand in the darkroom on Silver Gelatin Paper. All images are selenium toned and archival quality.

The Dead Lakes are located in the pan handle of North Florida, on the western side of the Appalachicola National Forest. This...

The Dead Lakes #18

The Dead Lakes are located in the pan handle of North Florida, on the western side of the Appalachicola National Forest. This mysterious place of ancient Cypress skeletons was created a couple hundred years ago during a severe flood that washed out the banks of the Chipola River and the Appalachicola river. This cypress slough was submerged so deep and so long that it killed most of the trees. Their early demise has also been their salvation, the ax-men weren’t interested in harvesting dead trees so this lake has remained as a museum, each spectacular tree a monument.

This image was captured with my 8x10 view camera and Film

One of my favorite places to photograph is the Fisheating Creek The name comes from the translation of an Indian word that means...

Johnson Lake #2

One of my favorite places to photograph is the Fisheating Creek

The name comes from the translation of an Indian word that means the place where fish are eaten. This 30 mile long creek runs from the West to the East where it empties into Lake Okeechobee and supplies almost ten percent of her water.

The creek is rich in Florida history and is even said to have been explored by Ponce De Leon in his search for the Fountain of Youth.

If I could only photograph one place for the rest of my life, Fisheating Creek would be it!

Many of these images were capture with a large format, 8x10 wooden view camera and film.

Telegraph Creek #1

Telegraph Creek #1

Telegraph Creek #2

Telegraph Creek #2

One of my favorite places to photograph is the Fisheating Creek The name comes from the translation of an Indian word that means...

Fisheating Creek #3

One of my favorite places to photograph is the Fisheating Creek

The name comes from the translation of an Indian word that means the place where fish are eaten. This 30 mile long creek runs from the West to the East where it empties into Lake Okeechobee and supplies almost ten percent of her water.

The creek is rich in Florida history and is even said to have been explored by Ponce De Leon in his search for the Fountain of Youth.

If I could only photograph one place for the rest of my life, Fisheating Creek would be it!

Many of these images were capture with a large format, 8x10 wooden view camera and film.

One of my favorite places to photograph is the Fisheating Creek The name comes from the translation of an Indian word that means...

The Oak At The Creek

One of my favorite places to photograph is the Fisheating Creek

The name comes from the translation of an Indian word that means the place where fish are eaten. This 30 mile long creek runs from the West to the East where it empties into Lake Okeechobee and supplies almost ten percent of her water.

The creek is rich in Florida history and is even said to have been explored by Ponce De Leon in his search for the Fountain of Youth.

If I could only photograph one place for the rest of my life, Fisheating Creek would be it!

Many of these images were capture with a large format, 8x10 wooden view camera and film.

TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE The Ten Thousand Islands is located in Collier County, Florida. The Wildlife Refuge...

Hog Key #1

TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

The Ten Thousand Islands is located in Collier County, Florida. The Wildlife Refuge was established in 1996 and encompasses approximately 35,000 acres. Two thirds of the region are covered in mangroves and collectively is one of the largest mangrove forests in North America. It is a nature lover and photographer’s paradise. The Ten Thousand Islands is home to roughly 200 species of fish and almost as many species of birds.

The Ten Thousand Islands has a rich history; it was occupied by Native Americans for over three thousand years. It was also a hideout in the late 1800’s for military deserters and other outlaws. It later became a drug trafficking point due to its isolation and geography.

I have had the good fortune to fly low and slow in an experimental airplane over the Islands. From the sky it looks like a jigsaw puzzle. I have spent countless days exploring the region in my little Gheenoe boat, this is one of my favorite places to go to get away from it all.

As a photographer, my favorite subjects include some of the old, weathered, lone mangroves of the region. They sometimes look like sea creatures that are guarding the islands. Navigating this maze of mangrove islands and shallow oyster beds is challenging; even with a GPS and compass, I still have gotten turned around.

Summer is my favorite time of year to photograph there when the clouds are at their most spectacular and look as though they are coming down to touch the sea. This is also the time of year when the mosquitoes and no-seeums are the most voracious. If you go, bring bug spray and plenty of sunscreen.

Many of these images were created with an 8x10 in wooden view camera and large format film.

TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE The Ten Thousand islands are located all along the southern peninsula of Florida...

Round Key #1

TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

The Ten Thousand islands are located all along the southern peninsula of Florida. These barrier islands are a place of solitude and magic. Things in the Ten Thousand aren't always serene though, they are the South Florida coasts first line of defense when tropical storms and hurricanes make landfall during the summer months. The violence of these storms shapes the landscape and the trees that live on the edges develop an enormous amount of character, this is one of those trees.

As the storm was bearing down on me I was getting ready to make my escape, instead I decided to walk to the back side of the island when I saw this scene come to life. My 4x5 Ebony was on my tripod over my shoulder when I spotted this tree. At about the same moment a shaft of sunlight broke through an opening in the clouds and lit the tree and the sandbar and the sand that was suspended by the rushing tide. I knew I had to act fast so I planted my tripod and camera, pushed in a film holder and guessed at about a one second exposure at f22 with a dark red filter. As quick as I snapped off the shutter the scene went dark and the rain and lightening began.

Florida, high springs district, ancient cypress, Suwannee, Santa Fe, large format film photography, wooden view camera

Broken Finger #1

Cows on the Creek

Cows on the Creek

The Dead Lakes are located in the pan handle of North Florida, on the western side of the Appalachicola National Forest. This...

The Dead Lakes #13

The Dead Lakes are located in the pan handle of North Florida, on the western side of the Appalachicola National Forest. This mysterious place of ancient Cypress skeletons was created a couple hundred years ago during a severe flood that washed out the banks of the Chipola River and the Appalachicola river. This cypress slough was submerged so deep and so long that it killed most of the trees. Their early demise has also been their salvation, the ax-men weren’t interested in harvesting dead trees so this lake has remained as a museum, each spectacular tree a monument. Many of these images were captured with an 8x10in wooden view camera and film

The Dead Lakes are located in the pan handle of North Florida, on the western side of the Appalachicola National Forest. This...

The Dead Lakes #3

The Dead Lakes are located in the pan handle of North Florida, on the western side of the Appalachicola National Forest. This mysterious place of ancient Cypress skeletons was created a couple hundred years ago during a severe flood that washed out the banks of the Chipola River and the Appalachicola river. This cypress slough was submerged so deep and so long that it killed most of the trees. Their early demise has also been their salvation, the ax-men weren’t interested in harvesting dead trees so this lake has remained as a museum, each spectacular tree a monument. Many of these images were captured with an 8x10in wooden view camera and film

One of my favorite places to photograph is the Fisheating Creek The name comes from the translation of an Indian word that means...

Game Wardens Cabin

One of my favorite places to photograph is the Fisheating Creek

The name comes from the translation of an Indian word that means the place where fish are eaten. This 30 mile long creek runs from the West to the East where it empties into Lake Okeechobee and supplies almost ten percent of her water.

The creek is rich in Florida history and is even said to have been explored by Ponce De Leon in his search for the Fountain of Youth.

If I could only photograph one place for the rest of my life, Fisheating Creek would be it!

Many of these images were capture with a large format, 8x10 wooden view camera and film.

Telegraph Creek #4

Telegraph Creek #4

Cayo Costa #2

Cayo Costa #2

Telegraph Creek #3

Telegraph Creek #3

One of my favorite places to photograph is the Fisheating Creek The name comes from the translation of an Indian word that means...

Fisheating Creek #1

One of my favorite places to photograph is the Fisheating Creek

The name comes from the translation of an Indian word that means the place where fish are eaten. This 30 mile long creek runs from the West to the East where it empties into Lake Okeechobee and supplies almost ten percent of her water.

The creek is rich in Florida history and is even said to have been explored by Ponce De Leon in his search for the Fountain of Youth.

If I could only photograph one place for the rest of my life, Fisheating Creek would be it!

Many of these images were capture with a large format, 8x10 wooden view camera and film.

Telegraph Creek #10

Telegraph Creek #10