On Photography as a Medium

The medium that comes naturally to me is drawing, which has always been my distinctive ability. Everyone takes pictures, and mainstream culture has yet to place photographic images at the same level of artistic merit with media that take time both to learn and to produce each work. For many years, I used the camera as a tool to quickly capture images that were more about information than art, such as recording events, and taking reference photos to use in making drawing or paintings. Eventually I came to appreciate photography as a worthy medium. The subjects of my photography are the same as my other works in other media, the figure, landscapes, and abstract compositions, the latter aided by the use of the computer. In addition there are image that capture my personal history.