Road to Barnett
My path to photography was no direct route. After graduating college and farming for several years, I changed directions and found work as a web designer. Digital photography was just beginning to take root, and an interest in motorcycles motivated me to combine my love of photography, web design and motorcycles. Creative control is very important, so stepping into the realm of digital photography was a real turning point. I always enjoyed photography but struggled when it came to shooting film. Often, the results were disappointing, wasting time and money. In 2002, I purchased my first digital camera. Digital not only provided instant feedback but also control over the final product, and with my background in web design, I already had the tools to get started.
Fueled by an interest in motorcycles, my nephews suggested I try motocross and immediately found a passion for the sport. I shot motocross for about seven years, mostly local races, but also photographed a variety of pro events. Race day often meant shooting thousands of photos, and painstakingly reviewing each before posting to the web. My motocross/motorcycle work has appeared in publications, tv and websites, including: Barnett's, Rumble Magazine, ATV Racin' Extra, Dirt Wheels Magazine, Movin' Out...Atvscene.com, Art.com and iStockphoto.com. One of my earliest pieces even appeared on the hit motorcycle show, American Chopper.
After the 2008 recession, my motocross work hit the skids, signaling a change in creative direction. Today, I enjoy a variety of subject matter that includes: landscape, dance, motocross, trucks, sports; just about anything that catches my eye, but with a focus on landscape.
I prefer a photojournalistic approach, seeking the relationship between subject and environment and have a deep appreciation for the overlooked. I search for subjects that evoke an emotional response and remind me of the good things God has created. Whether it's black and white or color, I enjoy finding subjects where compositional elements combine themselves seamlessly to tell a story. In my opinion, that's what makes photography both interesting and rewarding.