"To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of the arts."
Henry David Thoreau
I desire to improve the quality of the day with what I do, humbly inspired
by those who are better and those who have gone before me.
A camera had always been comfortable in my hands for many
years shooting pictures from Formula One races, which was lots of fun
to circuit boards and machine parts which was also technically challenging, but
uninspiring. In the fall of 2000 nature was firmly established as the
subject of choice. Within a year the experiences and results were positive
and the urge to shoot had taken hold. By that time the old 35mm manual had
worn thin and needed a backup, the addition of a digital camera made
exploration and experimentation much more available to
To my delight the area where I live has a wide variety of
subjects to offer. Occasionally I need only to step outside the door to find
something nice or interesting to photograph as a single shot or series. The
hummingbird and fox series were shot in my yard. The abstract series "Cold
Canvas Harsh Light" started across the street when the sun dappled light
across freshly fallen snow. Weeks later I was still out wading through
snowdrifts in the woods to find what pleased my eye. I am just as eager
searching the coastline for a place where the full moon will rise to
waiting hours on end for a hummingbird to fly across a well lit
Finding natural light and how it works is my constant
quest. Of course some of those finds are by serendipity, more than once I have
turned away from a scene in disappointment to find behind me something
strive to capture those exceptional moments the way they looked in my
imagination and eyepiece so that when someone sees my work it speaks for the
moment, for itself and for me.
As the seasons turn here in New England new subjects await my lens
as do the old and familiar. Every returning spring is different from the
previous one, the sun and moon rise and set at a new place on the horizon every
day and the light is always changing. For now I will be chasing the moon as it travels over
the water, try to keep current with the colors now emerging from
winter's dull mask and attempt more indoor shots using only natural light.
I hope you enjoy my work.
Topsfield, MA USA
All Images Copyright © Joseph Carver