About Borrowed Light


The Philosophy: Why Borrowed Light? I "borrowed" the term from architecture and design. Borrowed light is light that travels through one space to illuminate another. It's ephemeral by nature, dancing off the walls, sliding across floors and bouncing off ceilings within each unique environment. In the end it’s never quite the same as it was originally, affected forever by the rhythms of space, time and place. This seems to be the way photography works.

Maybe the idea is better illustrated here.

While I believe that the pictures speak for themselves, sometimes there is a backstory that seems important and interesting for a given series of photographs. If I think a person or a place needs more space for the background story, I write additional notes in the "STORIES" section of this site. I also have a presence on both Nikonians and Flickr.

Rio de Janeiro

What I Shoot: I shoot primarily documentary, street and projects I make up. I travel a lot, and the most fun for me is when I make a series of images from a place that tells an authentic story, or if I can make a mashup of images from different places that tell an imagined story. 

I shoot mainly for fun, but it also a tool I sometimes use for work. 

Equipment: I mainly use a Nikon D800 and D200.  I have a variety of lenses including the Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8 IF-ED, Nikkor 300mm f4 AF-D ED IF, Nikkor 50 f/1.8D, Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8 ED, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4 G IF-ED DX, and a AF-S VR Micro- NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED. In 2008 I started using film of and on again, mainly on an experimental basis. I have a Mamiya C330, a Zorki4, and my current (and overly trendy) favorite, the ubiquitous Holga.  My latest addition is a DJI Drone which gives a whole new perspective. I'll never give up digital, but I love film because it's less forgiving and more surprising. 

If you would like to contact me, I can be reached here.

A few locations of photos found on this site

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