I was raised in the Finger Lakes Region from upstate New York. Following military service in the 60’s I attended the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. My career was in hospital pharmacy, clinical education, and on faculty at Brown University School of Medicine and the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. During my career years I used a 35mm Minolta SLR for shooting family outings and travel.
I never took photography seriously until one day the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS} did a special on Ansel Adams. I was hooked, and from that point forward I became obsessed with photography. Self taught I studied the works of Joel Tjintjelaar, Hengki Koentjoro, Julia Anna Gospodarou, Keith Aggett, and Michael Kenna. I found my niche, ‘Fine Art Back and White Photography, Long Exposure in Architecture.’
In 2014 my baptism started with a workshop in New York City with the BW Vision Explorers: Joel Tjintjelaar, Sharon Tenenbaum, and guest Marc Koegel. I then followed up with a lengthy mentorship under Joel Tjintjelaar. My focus is fine art photography, black and white long exposure, in architecture. However land and seascapes, eclectic artistry and still life have been added to my photography genres.
I always ask myself, “What is the emotional connection about the scene before I release the shutter.” I find that fine art photography communicates an emotional experience, particularly long exposures. It is an escape away from the real world as you see it. They express a feeling, with aesthetic emphasis on light, shadow, and shape. The camera is only a means of expression, and digital darkroom is my canvas and brush. Jackson Pollock sums it up best, “It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.”
I have received international recognition and awards for my creations. Additionally, I am committed to giving back to beginning photographers through my blog articles, mentoring, workshops and faculty teaching at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and Art School.