About a year ago I saw an exhibition of small, square format black and white images of Michael Kenna. They were powerful in their elegance and simplicity; I was surprised that such small landscapes “worked.” I determined to try my hand at square format. I found myself looking at images with an entirely different eye, finding my impression of the landscape rather than the landscape itself and directing the viewer to that intent. It was a very satisfying exercise and one that is by no means finished as I continue to search for the right balance between shape and texture, the optimum use of the square and the best possible printing parameters. Here are some of my first attempts.