I have always been captivated by the solitude of nature and untamed wilderness, particularly deserts and ocean. I have a similar connection to places of remembrance and legacy—cemeteries, memorials, and antiquities—as well as spiritual places and places of pilgrimage. In short, places that connect us to something larger than our mortal self.

I am also fascinated by the textures, patterns, and abstracts found in nature and landscapes. I aspire to capture the wildness and spirit of desolate places, as well as the desolation sometimes found in urban environments. In the last couple years, I have become interested in documentary photography and storytelling, and have started photographing political protests.

About LI Plato

As a younger person, I traveled the western US deserts with my friend and mentor, a photographer and folklorist. Lee taught me large format photography and darkroom processing, and together we sought high desert vistas, ghost towns, and frontier cemeteries. It was my first exposure to photography.

I focus on landscape, nature, and travel photography.  I am continually inspired by what is around the bend, and spend a lot of time fantasizing about my next walkabout and next adventure.  In the last couple years—and for an assortment of reasons—I have been trying to find inspiration closer to home. I am learning to appreciate the concept of home, rootedness, and place.

As an avid traveler, I am always amazed at the multitude of ways folks experience life, and particularly how they explain the spiritual world and afterlife. As a former archivist and former chef, I am always intrigued by the experiences, social history, and the food behind day to day life. Thus far, the (sort of) connection in my work is documenting what is beyond us and larger than us, the interconnectedness of life, and what makes us human.

I am in the process of processing work past wanderings, and hope to post those images—–and other new work–—in the very near future. Please follow along on social media.

I am a former information manager (MLIS), and also available for freelance WordPress content management, content creation (focusing on food, beverage, travel, and real estate), descriptive metadata, and digital asset management.

About the Galleries

The galleries on this web site represent select work from the last few years. The beach walk series was shot at Cape Ann, Massachusetts; the desertscape series was shot at Anza Borrego State Park and Salton Sea, California; the worship series was shot in Bali, Indonesia; and the street art series was shot in New York, New York, Reykjavik, Iceland, Casablanca and Marrakesh, Morocco, Art District, Los Angeles, California, and Breaux Bridge and New Orleans, Louisiana. I have also been focused, for various reasons, on my mortality, but my dear ones rejected that series for the main gallery. To be revisited, as they say.