My academic training is in the field of biochemisty. I am self-taught
in the techniques of making photographs over the past 14 years with specific
training from many workshops with nationally and internationally known
photographers (including: Michael Kenna, Ruth Bernhard, Dick Arentz,
Craig Stevens, Bruce Barnbaum, Jay Dusard, Hunter Witherill, Howard Bond
and Dan Burkholder).
My photographs have been exhibited in
more than a dozen galleries or invited shows. A number of my photographs
have been accepted in national and regional competitions, several of
which won awards. My work has also been shown at juried outdoor and
indoor art festivals in PA, NY, VA, MI, CT, MA, MD, and FL, several
of which are highly rated in ArtFair
Source Book or Sunshine Art Magazine.
I concur with the alleged statement by Brett Weston when he was asked
to describe what he was trying to say with
his photographs….”photography is a visual medium, the
less said the better”. I never set out to make photographs
with any preconceived ideas. For me photography is a solitary process
that requires time for me to be quiet and immerse myself in the environment…..then
slowly I begin to see, often commonplace views or details seen in a different
light. When I am attentive and aware, images come to me rather than me “taking” them.
I do not think much about composition…..the image either looks
right and I press the shutter release, or it doesn’t and I change
how and where the camera is pointing until the image appeals to me. Sometimes
the magic does not happen in the field but rather during the making
of the final print.