As living things, we are affected by light. Its quality when transmitted to
the eye produces an emotional response. Sunlight stimulates, twilight calms, and nightfall lends an atmosphere of mystery.
I seek to evoke a response by my arrangement of light and dark in settings where recognizable objects merge into half-realized forms.
To achieve this effect I employ tonality—value relationships in a scale from light to dark—reserving
the use of the lightest and darkest values for accents placed in contrast to the
dominant tones. I use softened and variable focus, suppression of details,
and a limited palette to enhance tonal unity.
Photographer Edward Steichen, a master of tonality, said, “The real magician
was light itself... with its accompanying shadows rich and full of mystery.”