Artist's Statement:
Art and Technology

When I am taking photographs, I am in a state of high excitement about what I am viewing. I feel ecstatic as I become totally immersed in experiencing the setting. “Look at that!” seems to be my predominant attitude and an index to my motivation, for I want others to notice the beauty that has excited me. In my photographs, I try to capture the essential spirit of a time and place so others can experience it, too.

Artistry

Besides a worthy setting, a good photograph requires artistry. As I aim the camera, I consider how best to frame the photograph to distill my sense of the moment. Usually, there is a visual element that will provide structure for an image. Sometimes I see a tension between order and chaos. At other times, areas of contrasting color or texture can be juxtaposed, or I find rhythm in lines. Indeed, good composition is the characteristic that has produced the most favorable comment from my viewers.

Technique

The technical quality of my photographs is very important to me. My pictures were originally taken with an 8-megapixel, now with a 15-megapixel Canon single-lens-reflex camera equipped with high-quality lenses. This combination enables me to choose the best exposure and achieve the greatest clarity in each shot.

Adjustments

Technique does not end with clicking the shutter; often I adjust images to recreate the experience of a setting. Processing an image for print requires knowledge, care, and discretion. I do not agree with those who believe that no photograph should be adjusted digitally or in the darkroom. Although I have seen some images that have been over-adjusted so the result appears unnatural, over-adjustment results from misjudgment, not from digital processing itself.

Every finished photograph, whether adjusted or not, has been processed according to some settings or procedures. The question is whether those settings have been chosen automatically by electronic equipment or artistically by the photographer.

Printing

I choose to control the quality of my prints to produce highly aesthetic results. Although I do remove telephone wires, etc., when they deface a photograph, I never add objects. My aim is always to recreate the photographic subject faithfully so that the feeling of the scene comes through honestly and effectively.

-Robert Koch