“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of autumn.”….………John Muir
I did not start out to become a landscape photographer. As a child growing up in Atlantic City and the Bronx it was more about Coney Island and the Yankees – so landscape photography never entered my mind. I did, however, always want to photograph for Life or Look magazine. Those photographs told a story – they got to travel to exotic places and create one-of- a-kind images. That was my photographic dream….
You see, it never entered my mind that landscapes could tell a very emotional story, specifically a more personal story. I learned this watching Ken Burn’s documentary on our greatest treasures, the National Parks. It was then I started to realize that if I was willing and put in the time emotional landscapes/art could tell a story. A strong work of art has the ability to elicit emotion in both the photographer and the viewer, even if they are quite different.
In the end I started to understand that the emotional side of us effects our vision –it certainly does that – so many times when we look at images days and weeks later do we see the light reflected by our vision. Our work will usually convey emotion – whatever that emotion might be – even on bad days.
I have always been attracted to craft and a multitude of technical abilities, while trying to possess the sensibility of an innocent. This was difficult to balance with my painting and photography and I always struggled with them as most do. ‘Nature’s Peace’ for me is a meeting of form and substance and the beginnings notes of my being able to express myself as a photographer/artist with no line of demarcation.
My passion for photography started at age 8 when my father gave me an early model of the Polaroid Camera. I was instantly intoxicated watching images appear while peeling the print from the back of the camera. My belief is that this early Polaroid set my photographic and artistic tone, as I was always attracted to that alternative expressionist look at life through the lens of a camera.
‘The tendency for me is to work in many different photographic mediums on many different platforms’. My iPhone images are a result of years of experience and endless hours behind the lens, including time spent working with various alternative processes like Platinum, Gum and Gold over Platinum printing.
‘The IPhone is eerily reminiscent of that first Polaroid – a virtual camera and darkroom in your pocket. Only recently, with the advent of IPhone applications, one can alter the image to suit a more personal vision. It also allows me to push the rules and add my own touch to each and every image – right there on the spot. Additionally, I enjoy the social network aspect and the ability to post the images instantly on various platforms on the world-wide-web.
I spent most of my adult working life in entertainment away from the camera, serving in various roles over the years such as Film and Video Producer and Tour Management. In this I have worked with some of entertainments most elite acts, like Barbara Streisand, John Mellencamp, Eagles, Billy Joel, Jewel, Van Halen, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Nicks.
Since semi-retirement in 2008 all of my time is spent traveling and capturing images in remote locations such as Australia, Ireland, Scotland, England and Iceland not to mention many of the National Parks located in the continental United States.
My work these days is across many formats and platforms from iPhone/iPad up to medium format high-resolution traditional digital cameras.