Torii on Rocky Shore, Kamakura, Japan

Torii on Rocky Shore, Kamakura, Japan


Like all serious photographers, I am, above all, curious. The impulse to make photographs is linked to a desire to understand the subject, its relation to context or merely its outward physical appearance. 

For me, photography is a passive pursuit.  Subjects are rarely sought out.  It is much more a meditative process; merely observing and waiting for something to capture my attention.

I am drawn to ordinary, often overlooked, views of the natural world, as well as those spaces where man and nature collide. 

My tendency is to highlight the more subtle and contemplative aspects of what I see hoping to spur the viewer on to their own discoveries. 

I make photographs of those places and things to which I feel some connection.  Each image is a rendering of what I believe all creation to be; beautiful, yet decaying. Simultaneously transcendent and transient.


A word about my logo

The traditional East Asian stamp has served as a signature for many years and is still commonly used today to impart authenticity where authorship is of importance (i.e., legal documents, art).

This particular combination of characters means Ten Dreams and can be pronounced as my given English name is in Japanese, Tomu—"to", as in token and "mu", as in, a cow says moo.  Although, the Japanese are convinced a cow says mow, but we'll leave that alone for now.
My personal inkans (Japanese stamp) were designed and crafted by Mr. Tatsuo Furugori,  at the request of Mrs. Ritsuko Kuriyama and given to me as a gift by a close personal friend, Kazuko Kuriyama. The stamps are made of alabaster with the characters carved into the bottom.  The red seal paste is pulverized cinnabar, mixed with castor oil and silk strands.
I am indeed thankful to each of them for this kind gesture.