Still Life at the Barn
Horns at Sunrise
Still Life at Barn #2
Movement in D Major
At 7 years of age, some 57 years ago, I wanted to be an artist, and began drawing cartoons. After completing high school I attended New York Phoenix School of Design in NYC majoring in graphic/advertising design with a minor in photography. During this time I had the privilege of mentoring with two photographers in NYC, Nick Amplo and Ivan Spane . Graduating from Phoenix in 1970 I continued my education in the arts, attending School of Visual Arts in NYC taking courses in computer animation when it was at its infancy. I also have a degree in Computer Science from Rockland Community College.
My first camera, a Kodak Bantam, was given to me by my father when I was about 8 years of age. I was so fascinated at the creation of a print that I have never put a camera down. I worked as a freelance artist for about 12 years at sales promotion agency’s and art studios in New York City. My Uncle Fred who lived in Japan for a time brought me home a 35mm Asahi Pentax Spotmatic and a few lenses and that began my semi serious delve into photography. A camera went with me wherever I went and any money I had went to film and my darkroom, developing most of my film in my basement. I have studied many different photographic processes like bichromate printing and made my own paper and created bichromate prints way back in 1981.
I won a photo contest from Seven-up in 1973 with a photograph of a lake and a tree shot while travelling cross country. I won a Minolta camera from a first place prize from a contest that Minolta had in 1975 with the photograph of a race car. I won awards from Nikon and a first place prize was a gift certificate to attend the Nikon School of photography in NYC in 1979. While working at Ciba Geigy from 1974 through 1996 I entered their annual Photo contest whenever it took place and won first place on every occasion.
I made a major decision to retire at 62 from my technical geek job at IBM and pursue my artistic side once again. Taking photographic courses at International Center of Photography in NYC from 2008-2010. I am a member of ICP as well as Roca (Rockland Center of the Arts) in Rockland County and GAGA (Garnerville Arts) in Garnerville NY. I am also a member of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and a member of a coop gallery The Piermont Flywheel gallery in Piermont NY.
I avoid shooting with flash whenever possible and try as much as I can to shoot in natural light. I print most of my own work and do all my own framing. For the past 2 years I have had the chance to photograph dance and this had added a great deal of beautiful work to my portfolio.
Photography is a deep passion of mine with my lens as an extension of my eyes allowing me to fix my visions permanently for all to see with the only purpose of trying to make you feel like you never felt before. I hope my work fills you with passion and thoughts that you never thought you had.