Cultivating a sense of wonder
for more fulfillment.

“Photography makes one conscious of beauty everywhere, even in the simplest things, even in what is often considered commonplace or ugly. Yet nothing is really ‘ordinary’, for every fragment of the world is crowned with wonder and mystery, and a great and surprising beauty.”

Alvin Langdon Coburn, 1978. “Alvin Langdon Coburn, Photographer: An Autobiography with Over 70 Reproductions of His Works”, p. 80, Courier Corporation. Coburn began taking disorienting photos in 1917 and is considered the father of abstract photography.
An abstract ocean sunset from the “Vitamin Sea – Ocean Inspiration” collection, an abstract wall art piece titled “Freedom from Desire.”

As an abstract photo artist, I look for beauty and meaning in what might go unnoticed. My images are typically close-up, isolated photography, allowing for the discovery of symbolism.

The more I looked for subjects and practiced photographing them, the more I experienced moments of wonder. And much later, I would use those photos to prompt my writing.

The same feelings I had when I took the pictures, grew exponentially. I entered the state of flow, and so many times felt like there was some invisible force guiding me. That force, I realized, cultivated a sense of wonder within me that had been absent for a long time.

I recognized that I was a part of a great force at work and felt more grounded. By appreciating the ordinary things, my gratitude increased, my stress decreased, and I felt purpose.

Many of the abstract photo images and stories behind them live in the “Shop” section of this site. I also invite you to view more of my sense of wonder pictures from my latest project below.

This collection represents my creative time during the COVID-19 pandemic, trying to balance the confusion of messages from the media with my need to find some peace and calm in the midst of the storm.

“Let’s Stay Home” Collection

“Stay at Home Command” — At the start of COVID-19, I began to notice subtle light changes in my bedroom and how the shadows moved along the wall. This catrina dog and its shadow were so interesting to me. I spent two weeks working on photographing this subject. This image, in particular, with alternating bars of dark and light, hints of a prison cell. The image of a leash symbolically portrays the feeling of being kept under command. We all went through moments of hope and fear, and the stark black and white juxtaposed with a splash of color mimic those feelings.

As we all came to grips that a tiny micro-organism had control over our lives and required us to stay distant, I used the time to flex my creativity. Photography is, fortunately, something that I can practice anywhere. All of these images are subjects either in or around my home. From noticing light and shadow in my bedroom to blooms of springtime, to weeds on a walk, and sprinkler water drops on fallen leaves, this collection sums up my time staying at home.

The wording of "stay at home order" seems so militant, I decided to lighten up the tone for my sanity to "let's stay home" which gives a positive spin to a challenging situation. We all have a choice. I decided to put aside fear and focus on the moment in front of me with purpose. As I put the collection together, I realized that the images at the beginning of COVID-19 are much darker than the later photos, much like my moods changed as I adapted to the situation.

I hope you enjoy this escape from reality and that it offers you a unique perception of things you might have taken for granted. I’d love to have you as part of my community by signing up for my blog. As I rotate new abstract photo collections in or publish a blog post, you’ll be the first to be notified.