I named my business Serenity Images because the act of photographing takes me out of myself and helps me get closer to that quiet spot I strive for, where my mind is silent and I am only aware of my breath and the environment around me.  Serenity first became particularly important to me when I began to deal many years ago with the effects of living with a family member who drank too much.

The themes of Passion, Simplicity, Tranquility and Perception are central to my photography.

Passion: I am passionate about this pursuit and I believe my passion for it helps me to make better and better photographs the longer I am engaged in photography.

Simplicity of mind is central to taking a good photograph.  When I am too distracted, I am unable to connect my heart with what my eyes are seeing. For me a successful connection is necessary for a good photograph. As well, often the simplest photograph is the most powerful.

I am in harmony with myself when I am photographing "in the zone" and that harmony produces a feeling of tranquility. I am also inspired to photograph environments that are tranquil.

Everyone's perception of what he or she sees may be different.  It is an interesting challenge to attempt to convey something by a photograph.

Anonymous on Perception:

"I've learned that two people can look at the same exact thing and see something totally different.

Jack Kerouac, on Passion:

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww'!"

Henry David Thoreau, on Simplicity:

"I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run."

Swami Satchidananda on Tranquility:

“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?"