Artist Statement

As an intuitive photographer, my images are mostly about discoveries. With each photographic journey, I begin with an inclination, feeling, or conceptual construct. However, more often or not, I pick up the camera allowing myself to explore without not knowing and to seek what I call the "Silent Moments of Beauty." A Zen master once told me that true and real-life lies "in-between each heartbeat." I took this to mean that life is neither right nor wrong, black or white, right or left, or even happy or sad. Although these dichotomous ways of being are a condition of human existence, the master taught me the truth lies in the gray area - "the silent moments". 

I grew up on a 40-acre strawberry farm in a rural community called Florin, just outside of Sacramento, CA. I found inspiration in the quiet evenings, listening to nature, and being in the darkness with only stars and the moon defining the world outside. These quiet moments define my aesthetics, intuition, sense of beauty, and connection to the natural world. This relationship to the natural and human world drives me to find images that call to my inner peace and calm---seeking the moments of quiet beauty.

Although I currently use photography as my self-expressive tool, I practiced Landscape Architecture as an art form for over 40 years with the intention of creating and connecting our collective, interdependent experience with nature. 

I hope you enjoy your time here!

Love, Calvin 

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