I became involved in photography in 1973, during my senior year at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Basically self-taught, my personal approach to photography evolved through a general process of intuitive trial and error. After about ten years of “serious” photography, I turned away from it to explore other facets of life. I spent 25 years learning many things – a process that continues today. When I returned to photography with a digital camera in 2008, it was with the goal of using photography to explore some of those facets and share some of those lessons.
Many photographers and other artists today seem very interested in art as a process or a concept. I’ve written a little about that elsewhere. I’m really not interested in that kind of art. Instead, I’m focused on using photography as a communications medium to address issues about which I am fascinated. What does it mean to be alive today, in this time of great change and tumult? How do we come to terms with Death and Life? How transient are fame, wealth and power – and what remains when they are gone? How do we perceive the world around us? These are the kinds of questions I’m exploring through my photography.
At one time or another over the years I have been a founding member and president of Photovisions, a cooperative photography gallery in Syracuse; a member and president of Associated Artists of Central New York in Syracuse; and a member of the Albany Center Gallery, the Troy Photo Center, The Center for Photography at Woodstock and the Soho Photo Foundation (now Soho Photo) in New York City.
I have had featured exhibits at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Siena College, Monroe Community College, Kent State University, the Community Darkroom in Albany, and Soho Photo Foundation in New York. I’ve participated in group exhibits in New York City, Garrison, Syracuse, Chicago, Minneapolis, Middlebury, Quebec City, and the NY Capital District.