IGrowing up on Long Island (Bethpage), NY – I felt lost in my late teens. Worried about my future direction in life, my father gave me an old Argus rangefinder to fool around with. Little did he realize what an important gesture that would turn out to be for me.
After doing some research and seeing the images of Minor White and Ansel Adams I quickly became addicted to photography.
To make a long story short, I left home at 21, quitting my job, leaving my friends and family to see the American Southwest for myself. In California I eventually met my wife, and together we had 3 children, and created our own design studio - and the tasks of running a business and raising a family took a priority to Photography. During that time I stopped taking pictures.
Years later, in early 2005, inspired by my wife, children and friends - I again picked up my cameras. Today I see myself on a passionate mission to make up for years of lost time - creating images that help evoke how I see our wonderful planet.
I feel that I owe much to the great photographers of the past, especially Ansel Adams, for their dedication to the craft and for inspiring me in my late teens. Though I have never met them, their inspiration helped me determine the course my life would take.
The Earth is an ever changing ego-system. It’s existed well before we were here, and will hopefully be here well beyond the time leave it. It’s real, at times beautifully surreal, powerfully haunting and alive all at the same time. When photographing,
While photographing, the world gets quiet around me….. Things seem simple again – and I obtain a respect and reverence for the world that is hard to communicate through words. I get into a ‘zone’ where time and space seem hard for me to measure. For me those moments are a combination of the exterior environment and my interior combining. Hopefully the images presented help communicate what I visualize during those times.
All the images presented have been captured on a combination of either 35mm black & white film and/or digitally. Most of my work now is now digitally. All darkroom work is performed in a dry darkroom with minimal dodging and burning. Prints are produced using 100% archival cotton rag paper with pigment inks.