Artist StatementI digitally blend disparate images to form new dreamlike scenes, exploring themes of disorientation, impermanence, and the beauty and power of the natural world. The works are composed primarily of my original photographs of decaying objects, desolate landscapes, animals, and street scenes from my native Baltimore and from my travels around the world.
I am a Baltimore-based photographer who has worked professionally in journalism for more than 20 years. Since 1998, I have served as photo editor and staff photographer for the Post Community Media chain of newspapers and online publications.
My artistic pursuits have mostly involved stepping outside of traditional photography, beginning in the early 1990s with mixed-media panels that combined photographs, wood, glass and metal. For the past five years I have been slowly working on a series of surreal composite images inspired by the irrational connections made by the unconscious mind.
I began taking pictures at age 13 while working on the set of “Fiend,” one of the many low-budget horror and science fiction films produced in the 1970s and 80s by my late father, Don Dohler.