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About Focus on the Clouds

Early in my life clouds began to catch my eyes. During school, I couldn’t sit by windows in class without being helplessly distracted. Later in life, if I needed to clear my mind, I’d just step outside...

Soon I began expressing this fascination artistically. In fact, this attraction has been one of the major muses for my photography and, as my domain suggests, this web site. And so it is also the purpose of the web site - to distract you for a few moments by sharing some of the scenes which have taken my attention in the past few years.

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It is the weak who are cruel. Gentlenesss can only be expected from the strong.

-Leo Rosten


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Photo Galleries

Photo Gallery | Nature


Of course there is no location to stare at clouds that could be better than a place which is already beautiful. So, while I’m waiting for another cloud to pass, I look for other things to photograph.

Photo Gallery | Clouds


In my life, clouds have always represented freedom. Something about the way they effortlessly hang in the sky – floating above strain of our world. Photographing them allows me to connect with that freedom.

Photo Gallery | Design


Recently I began photographing simpler images… less content, less color and less mess. Sometimes the clutter tends to sneak back in, but if there was a formula – it wouldn’t be interesting.

Photo Gallery | Monuments


Few locations are quite as striking as the memorials found scattered around the Mall… Unfortunately, the power of these places are not easily captured through a photograph, but here are some of my attempts.

Photo Gallery | Water


While living in eastern Tennessee falling water was simple to find. Who new that it would be the same in DC: Cunningham Falls, Catoctin Mountain, Great Falls… and I haven’t even been to the Shenandoah Mountains yet!

Photo Gallery | DC


Living in DC has provided an amazing opportunity to shoot some of America’s favorite locations on a daily basis… an experience quite different from my Tennessee roots.

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