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My Background

I am a contemporary photographer. Nature figures greatly in my work.  I am often stunned by the beauty nature shares with us.  As a landscape photographer, I spend a lot of time outside working to capture that exquisite fractional second of time in a way that communicates the awe, the detail, the beauty of a natural moment.  Nature's awesomeness can be found in the smallest plant growing in the crack of a sidewalk to the big skies of the most remote locations - including space - and every place on our planet.  Try as one might, nature can't be avoided and is a necessary ingredient in our lives. My artistic efforts are aimed at making large-format, abstract and landscape images that evoke a sense of well-being to the person experiencing them. Expressed another way, my goal is to produce window-size, or larger, images, that make the viewer experience the benefits of nature while feeling better, feeling calmer, feeling they have benefited by the experience.

I really like abstract and minimalist photography. I enjoy working with everyday objects to give them a different look, a view not necessarily expected or anticipated. I also look for ways that people have harmonized with nature or when nature has beautified structures to make them different in a more aesthetically pleasing way.

Photography stimulates me to push my creativity through my medium of choice, the camera. Using modern cameras is an exciting, and sometimes frustrating, exercise in understanding the intersection of technology with the nuances of using light to create art.  The mating of human and machine in a way that outputs a product for the pleasure of others. My work follows a path that is formed by many life experiences. I work hard to stay open-minded and receptive to boost my creativity.

I started creating photos in the 1980s with formal training and extensive darkroom experience.  I’ve been a photojournalist and photo editor but went on to make my living in the advertising world.  Selling it – not creating it. I have no regrets, the profession taught me how to listen to lots of different kinds of people, learn about their needs – personal and professional – and how to conduct myself with honesty and integrity. In addition, I learned a great deal about countless businesses, industries, cultures and countries.  I was blessed to be an early player in the Internet media space. I had great mentors and colleagues, many of whom remain friends to this day. But I always missed the creativity and the ability to express myself with photographs. 

For too many years, I traveled the world for business and too many times, didn’t have a camera when I wished I had. That was before everybody had phones with cameras built in. I was fortunate to get my art education from my parents, college classes and by spending days at the best museums in the world's greatest cities.  Working and living in New York City for many years exposed me to art in countless ways. I was also gifted with incredible imagery while looking out the windows of skyscrapers, taxis, subways, trains and, yes, way too many airplanes. I often reflect on these countless moments – like being at 35,000 feet flying over the Rocky Mountains while green pillars of the Aurora Borealis danced 360 degrees around my flight. Or, when I was photographing in South Africa, and a bunch of hungry boys asked if I had any food. Any one of my cameras could have fed them for a year but they were so happy to have my fresh apples and share their smiles! Or, being on an eastern beach at sunrise when the September sun crept over the foggy horizon and created golden light circles and beaming rays that were blown away by a chilly on-shore breeze. Stunning! 

If a picture is worth a thousand words then I must have several terabytes in my  head of pictures, stories, events, people and places that will never see reproduction – I’ve been told a terabyte is about 75 million pages – okay, so maybe I exaggerate, I was a sales guy once afterall. Regardless of how many pages are in there, I’m comfortable with it because each mental byte impacts and contributes to my photographic work. They add to my ability to see and create the next image. It is a process I thoroughly enjoy. Our world is a place full of infinite colors, shapes, light and shadow. I strive to sense and respect each in its own right and I hope you can see this in my images.

Thank you for touring my gallery.  Thank you for visiting. Please don’t be a stranger! I’m happy to discuss any of my images with you or opportunities for shoots or commissioned projects.

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