Here I am with my wife, Susan, sitting on top of Half Dome in Yosemite NP. Many of my photographs only exist because of the remote places we've been able to find while backpacking. More about that in the Bio below.
Bio (Short Version)
My passion for photography began in the 1960’s with a Kodak Brownie camera, a small black-and-white darkroom and access to monographs by photographic “heroes” like W. Eugene Smith, Jerry Uelsmann, Eliot Porter, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. Early work in commercial photography eventually led to years building and running a creative marketing agency. Since retiring in 1998, I’ve devoted myself to learning the tools and techniques of digital image making, printing, mounting and framing. I live and work in Santa Barbara, CA, a nice change after twenty years in New York and Los Angeles. My greatest good fortune is my wife of 40 years, Susan, and our daughter, Loren. We used to have cats but we're taking a break.
Bio (Longer Version)
Here you will find a fairly compressed, résumé-like timeline that highlights the many intersections in my life with photography and other kinds of creative work. It's interesting how following opportunities as they came along (while also needing to earn a living) led me in so many different directions, all while supporting a wonderful family. My work life was often intense and consuming, but I never lost track of my interest in working with cameras and photographic techniques. Don't worry, it's a quick read. Read more...
Creative Motivation (Short Version)
My creative motivation has evolved along with the tools and skills needed to realize my vision, so what I try to do relates closely to what I know how to do. As my technique becomes more varied and assured, my ability to visualize and articulate creative ideas expands. Most photographs begin with an attraction to something visual (seeing), followed by the process of developing that captured vision into a finished image (craft). So every click of the shutter is an experiment, the beginning of a process; you never know for sure what the outcome will be. The camera records a version of what we see, but finished images succeed or fail in the darkroom, whether digital or analog. In my experience there are more disappointments than successes, so enjoying the work and the learning process is paramount. In a nutshell, I do it because I love it.
Creative Motivation (Longer Version)
Sometimes I'm surprised when I look at images from an afternoon spent photographing, other times I'm disappointed. But what comes out of the camera is usually the combined result of some conscious plan and total serendipity. It's interesting how each often leads to the other. As John Lennon said, "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans." Read more...
Print and Framing Technique
One of the things that sets my work apart is a unique approach to mounting and framing images. The traditional way of displaying photographs has been to surround the image with a beveled mat board and frame it behind protective glass. In many cases this does a good job of preserving the print, but it also diminishes the visual impact of the image due to the diffusion and reflections caused by glass or acrylic. I've worked hard to develop a better alternative. Read more...