"I was always impressed with the way my grandfather could locate a vein of water with nothing but the simplest divining rod and the sensitivity of his hands. 
With the camera as my vehicle, I attempt to draw out and record the essence of a subject. My grandfather would wait until an intense vibration would pass through his stick and up his arms, and only then did he know he had water. Similarly, it is only when I feel emotions thundering inside of me and all my senses are locked into place that I know that the time is right to release the shutter. "

self portrait  


(All images are copyrighted by Dean Kotula and have been digitally water marked)
Images from Dean's newly released book:- The Phallus Palace
Salty Dogs & Drydocks: commercial fishing/ship repair 
Various other images spanning a 20 year career