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Nature is my religion; the quiet woods are its parish churches and the rugged mountains are its cathedrals. In nature I find spiritual guidance, serenity, and a home for my soul. The call of the wild is so strong in me that I surrendered a lucrative career in physics for the siren song of the outdoors. The wild places, for me, are the surest tonic against the tensions of everyday life: they are the only places where I feel totally vibrant, alive, and truly myself. If I can share this gift of uplifting spirituality with others through my photography, if I can convey some sense of nature's healing power that I experience, then I feel I've earned my keep in this world.

I have been selling my fine art prints professionally since 1990. I shoot both in color and in black and white, and I use camera formats from 35 mm to 4" x 5" large format. I combine my technical background with an intuitive eye to produce outstanding images, following John Sexton's dictum, "strive for perfection, settle for excellence."


  • ASMP Bulletin
  • Emulsion Magazine
  • Groundwork
  • Home and Design
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Magazine
  • Outdoor Photographer
  • PCPhoto
  • Petersen's PHOTOgraphic
  • PHOTO Techniques
  • Popular Photography (monthly contribution)
  • Shutterbug
  • Sierra Club newsletter
  • Washington Post Magazine
  • numerous books and other publications

Honors & awards:

  • Judge for Meadowlark Nature Photography Exhibition, 2006.
  • Judge for International Photographic Society Annual Competition, 2005.
  • Second Place, "National Juried Photography Exhibition," Washington Gallery of Photography, Bethesda, MD, 2003.
  • Curator, "Courthouse Exhibition," Greenbelt, MD, 2000.
  • Third Place, "Patuxent Art League's 7th Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition," Laurel, MD, 1998.
  • Juror's Award, "The American Landscape," Oella Mill River Gallery I, Ellicott City, MD, 1998.
  • Faculty Associate Award for teaching excellence, University of California, Berkeley

Collections and representation:

My work is in private, corporate, university, and nature center collections across the United States and on three continents. I have been represented by five galleries and three rep/stock agencies in California, Maryland, and New Jersey.

Exhibition history:

selected solo exhibitions:

  • Shambaugh House, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
    "Landscape and Literature" (2003)
  • Slayton House Gallery, Columbia, MD
    "From the Mountains to the Valleys" (1999)
  • Laurel Lakes Art Gallery, Laurel, MD
    "Nature Photography -- Recent Works" (1998)
  • Laurel Lakes Art Gallery, Laurel, MD
    "From East to West: Photographs of the American Wilderness" (1997)
  • Treasures, Iowa City, IA
    "Scenes From the American Wilderness" (1995)
  • CfPA Gallery, Berkeley, CA
    "Yosemite in Black and White" (1992)

selected juried group shows:

  • Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, MD
    "Water: Going Beneath the Surface" Maryland Photographic Alliance (2007)
  • Marlboro Gallery, Largo, MD
    "Personal Iconography" (2006)
  • Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
    "27th Annual Art on Paper Exhibition" (2004)
  • Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD
    "2004 International Photography Competition" (2004)
  • Marlboro Gallery, Largo, MD
    "Taking on Water: Four Photographers Immersed" (2003)
  • Washington Gallery of Photography, Bethesda, MD
    "National Juried Photography Exhibition" (2003)
  • Washington Gallery of Photography, Bethesda, MD
    "Regional Juried Photography Exhibition" (2003)
  • Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, MD
    "Rhythm" Maryland Photographic Alliance (2001)
  • Federal Courthouse, Greenbelt, MD
    "Courthouse Exhibition" (2000)
  • Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
    "Ninth Annual Photography Exhibition" (1999)
  • Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, MD
    "Photographic Exhibition at Quiet Waters Park" (1999)
  • Oella Mill River Gallery I, Ellicott City, MD
    "The American Landscape" (1998)
  • Weir Gallery, Berkeley, CA
    "Winter Lights" (1995)
  • Weir Gallery, Berkeley, CA
    "The Gift of Art" (1994)

permanent installations:

  • Columbia University Dialysis Unit, New York, NY
  • Federal Courthouse lobby, Greenbelt, MD
  • Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro, MD
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Traveling Display, Des Moines, IA



  • University of Maryland Art Department
  • University of Maryland Art & Learning Center
  • Washington School of Photography


  • Prince George's Community College

Technical notes:

I shoot with a flatbed 4 x 5 view camera whenever I can, including on some backpacking trips. Often I opt instead for the lighter and more flexible 35 mm Nikon system. On occasion I use medium format cameras as well. My black and white film of choice is Tmax 100. I process my black and white prints completely archivally (fiber-based paper, two bath fix, hypo clearing, long washes, and selenium toning). My color film of choice is Fujichrome Velvia 100F slide film. I mat and frame my images myself to gallery standards using only acid-free archival materials.


I have been photographing since 1985 and I have been shooting professionally since 1990. I am sole proprietor of my business, Leaning Toward Light Photography. I am an award-winning teacher who enjoys running photography seminars and instructing at institutions. My nature photography has appeared in national publications, calendars, textbook covers, and greeting cards.

Personal information:

  • 1958: born in Iowa City, IA
  • 1980: A.B. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in physics from Harvard University
  • 1988: Ph.D. in physics from University of California, Berkeley
  • 1996: married Ann Parsons



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