chromophore: the part of a molecular compound whose presence is responsible for its color.

I have always been fascinated by colors--their infinite variety, subtlety of hues, and cultural symbolism. Color has the power to capture one's attention and inspire one's imagination. And it is through my photographic work that I hope to convey this love of color.

However, photography is not my first creative endeavor. Ceramics, in particular wheel-thrown porcelain and stoneware, was my first artistic passion; in comparison, I am still a newcomer to the photographic arts. But even in the medium of clay, I found great appreciation for the various metallic oxide colorants that one uses as glaze ingredients. I began to develop an interest in photography because ceramics, though immensely rewarding, requires strict monitoring of the work throughout the formation and finishing process, and the result is never precisely reproducible: each piece is one-of-a-kind. By contrast, digital photography lets me revisit the work at any moment after the exposure, and sharing is easy. Though I continue to work in clay from time to time, the camera has provided the ideal vehicle for self-expression, and more importantly, the dissemination of that expression.

Presently, my work is focused on candid portraiture and nature photography, although I have been involved in a wide array of genres, from sports (especially surfing), to macro, to long exposure night photography. Whatever the subject, I strive to reveal the fleeting, unnoticed moment. If you like what you see, feel free to contact me.

Thanks for visiting!

-Peter