My purpose for this photographic investigation stems from: 1. An attempt to use the camera as a drawing tool, as an extension of my hand, only instead of pencil marking paper this is a machine manipulating light . 2. A passion to explore the extremes of landscape: immediate/ timeless, liquid/ solid, hard/ soft, wet/ dry, light/ dark, growing/ decaying, vast/ tiny, pretty/ ugly, threatening/ threatened. 3. A visual reaction to the idyllic, romanticized landscape paintings of the Hudson River School. Platte Clove was a favourite location of these artists and I chose it deliberately to rattle their cages.