David Mayo Stephenson (b 1955), photographer, was born in Washington DC, and trained at the University of New Mexico. Stephenson explores a contemporary expression of the sublime through elemental forms in the landscape or spiritual aspects of sacred architecture, seeking the larger truths of existence in the eternal mysteries of space and time. Following the Romantic tradition, he investigates our relationship with nature and the insignificance and transience of humanity as part of complex and interdependent systems in our universe. Using a variety of subjects – wilderness, Antarctica, the night sky, church architecture – Stephenson shows a consistency of purpose in his poetic contemplation of vast space. His works are simultaneously ambiguous and ethereal, dramatic and compelling, and evoke heightened feelings of awe and sublimity as he moves our gaze away from fixed perspectives and single viewpoints.