Telluride, Colorado has been my home base since 1978. It is arguably one of the most dazzling places on Earth.
During the outlaw years of 1978-88, Telluride locals and the occasional tourist could find me in the heart of town, above the Nugget Theatre, in my black-&-white darkroom. A corporate drop-out I was, having escaped several advertising creative departments, out in the real world.
Telluride locals felt that I captured the spirit of a person or event. I shot informal outdoor portraits, as I do now and wild happenings as well, including Telluride's long litany of summer festivals. Now I feel lucky to have photographed ski sacrifices, the unchaining of the Opera House, the“Save Our Pigs” Benefit, and other delightful cultural aberrations of outlawish, outlandish Telluride.
The radiance of many a star and musician has visited Telluride. Check out Robin Williams, Jimmy Stewart, Emmylou. There are some stellars, such as Stevie Ray, whom I captured elsewhere.
Infrared film, its painterliness and mystery, caught my fancy in 1986. I've captured the Southwest and, most recently, Ireland with this technically challenging and highly rewarding film.
Yes, I have been enthralled and at times appalled by the vastness of digital imaging. I now love Photoshop as I once loved the "coming up" of the image in the wet darkroom.
Most of these images are borne of film...negatives or slides that have been scanned and digitally cleaned. The prints, as well, are digital. Archival inks and paper only.
If you're coming to Telluride, you may want to arrange for a fun, outdoor portrait. And right now, if the spirit moves you, buy a print to lighten your heart, or the heart of one least expecting it.