"Invasive Metaphors"

An exercise in traditional still-life themes with a twist...

The marsh bird is in a familiar pose that I've witnessed many times. They load themselves like a spring before striking at their underwater target.

The apple represents knowledge. Here, it's the knowledge we gain about how we treat the earth, and hopefully repair the damage we cause. The suspended fruit is a recurring technique in still-life painting, dating to the early 17th century and the Spanish painter Juan Sanchez Cotan.

Yes, the blue tape is visible on purpose. For 20 years I used technology to create illusions. The blue tape is my dividing line between then and now. I’m not rejecting technology, but I've never been comfortable with the illusion of perfection that technology brought to photography. So, I left the tape, hoping to spark questions in the viewer's mind of whether I forgot it was there, or chose to leave it.

What would an image influenced by Nature Morte be without a little death? Here, the skeletal remains are not of an indigenous fish, but a trout caught in northern Iowa and eaten in Illinois. It’s my statement on the introduction of a species which isn’t native to an ecosystem, whether by accident or on purpose. The background is an area of the Nahant Marsh where the water level changes drastically throughout the year. It doesn't take much to transform it from a life supporting body of water to a mud hole. A reminder that if this kind of fragility exists naturally, it can’t take much for humans to really mess things up.