Publication Date

Spring 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Independent Film and Digital Imaging

First Advisor

Beth Parin, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

Daniel Nearing, M.F.A.

Third Advisor

Jerry Slowik, M.F.A.


This dissertation accompanies compilation of my thesis work, consisting of a succession of digital photographs printed on canvas. Within the dissertation, I summarize the theoretical, historical, and applicable influences that have affected the production of my images. I contend that the digital photographic process is the dominant component in my works, and describe how it has developed and evolved in a contemplative approach throughout the growth of my thesis work. The progression of capturing my body of work was enabled through continuous practice and guidance by those responsible for furthering my studies as an artist. The dissertation moves to explore the theoretical ideas focusing on Minimalism, how it has evolved into Contemplative photography and how both have influenced my work. Understanding the artists that call themselves Contemplative photographers, has reflectively caused me to think and rethink how I format my photographs, what I choose to reveal, so that I can artistically portray what I have witnessed through the lens of the camera. The photographs captured in digital format are images translated from the whole to the sum of its parts, focusing on lines, textures and colors. It is my conjecture that it is not necessary for the eye to behold the complete picture for the mind to unknowingly connect the parts of the image that remain.