Travel is my therapy; it challenges me to face the unknown and confront the fear of leaving behind the familiar, even for just a brief amount of time.
Camus said it best:
“What gives value to travel is fear. It is the fact that, at a certain moment, when we are so far from our own country … we are seized by a vague fear, and an instinctive desire to go back to the protection of old habits … this is why we should not say that we travel for pleasure. There is no pleasure in traveling, and I look upon it more as an occasion for spiritual testing … Pleasure takes us away from ourselves in the same way as distraction..., in Pascal’s use of the word, takes us away from God. Travel, which is like a greater and a graver science, brings us back to ourselves.”
― Albert Camus, Notebooks, 1935-1951
Not unlike travel, photography as therapy allows me to escape the everyday demons that clutter the mind and detract from living a fulfilling life. It encourages me to stay present in the moment. My photography can best be described as documentary, abstract and opportunistic. My approach to photography has simplified over the years from the predictble, formal and formulaic world of commercial work to the simplified (and much more fulfilling) opportunistic approach.
Whatever I feel at the moment comes across in my writing. Living life means navigating the emotional waves you experience, from extreme sadness to immeasurable joy. Being a writer means paying attention to those waves, whether visually or emotionally, and capturing them in the moment. To me, writing is not about money, fame or ego. Rather, it is about fulfilling a deeply rooted need to understand emotions and capture them in the written word.
A native New Yorker and Sarasota, Florida-based writer and photographer with degrees from The City University of New York, New York University and the former New York Restaurant School, I travel regularly to New York City and extensively throughout the United States and Europe to attend conferences, workshops and conduct research for my writing and photography projects.
This website represents the nascent stages of my sharing of nearly thirty years of photography as I scour through old negative files, slides, prints and thousands of digital images and take on new creative projects to further my craft. I look forward to sharing my past and future work with you.
Apart from my personal creative work I shot exclusively for a Los Angeles, California-based, world-wide commercial media and talent company. I retired from commercial work in September 2018.
Photography, like any other art form, is about expression; the visual and cerebral interpretation of light through the eyes of the photographer and the viewer. What I see in a photograph, whether through my viewfinder or on the computer screen in post-production, is about what touches me visually and emotionally. Sometimes a photograph can be a mistake, a flaw in exposure or focus, yet create a striking image that transcends the boundaries of rules of composition and technique crossing into the realm of mystery and emotion. In the end, my ambition is to make the photo as I see it and feel it whether or not anyone but myself can be moved by it. My purpose is not to please everyone. It is a selfish endeavor. My best work may very well be locked away in a drawer or saved on a hard drive never to be seen by anyone else. I make photographs to satisfy my deeply rooted yearning to express, through the capturing of light, what is inside of me.
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