Emory gazes into the forest in Mahale Mountains National Park. Life can be filled with beauty and discovery when we slow down and take notice. I have found photography to be an avenue to appreciate the splendor in our everyday world. I look for the beauty in simplicity, in the quiet moments of the day, and in the constant rhythm of life.
I often photograph natural settings because I find solace in the stillness found there. Creating a sense of quietude allows one to pull away from the world, to refocus, and to awaken niches that lie sleeping. These moments provide an opportunity to balance high tech lives; a connection to the natural world provides a way to connect to self.
I am drawn to scenes that convey a sense of contemplation and wonder. Shortly after I began studying photography, I came to realize that I “see” in black and white. Therefore, my images are mostly in black, white and shades of gray. In this mode I am better able to emphasize composition and moods.