ABOUT ME 05/2023
I'm a contemporary landscape photographer in eastern Long Island, NY. I photograph the natural world and the built environment mostly by the sea, sometimes combining the two. My approach is more cerebral than commercial. I tend toward the cinematic, placing forms within wide open space altered by light and atmospheric effects. I love to capture luminism, a soft diffuse light sought by 2nd & 3rd generation Hudson River School painters in the latter 19th century. Having studied them in art history, I rediscovered them when I worked at the Nyack Library in upstate New York and began photographing in the Hudson River Valley. Many contemporary landscape artists continue to capture this light.
Growing up in one of the private beach communities in walking distance to Long Island Sound left an imprint. The beach communities are a throwback to Long Island when it was an escape route out of New York City for vacation and weekend getaways and for growing families seeking a "better" place to raise their kids. In the 50's-70's, when I was growing up, Suffolk County changed from rural to suburban as development moved east, altering the natural world here significantly, transforming the very thing people were escaping to. Because I grew up in this time frame, I shift back and forth between the natural and the built world, satisfying a desire to capture beauty, the built structures of bygone days and to occasionally take aim at the beauty transformed into banality.
I use Canon 35mm pro cameras/lenses and currently an iPhone 13 Pro Max. While iPhone can't offer the same resolute sharpness as 35mm, a well exposed picture will print to 16 x 20. My images are available as archival paper prints, canvas wraps, metal and acrylic prints and digital downloads. I sell privately and for editorial use, with a growing database but a small selection of images shown here. Pricing for editorial/commercial use is guided by the American Society of Media Photographers.
I've refrained from brick and mortar exhibiting while searching for authentic direction. That might change soon.
*Please note: Images have been reduced for high speed multiple device viewing. If any appear slightly pixelated it's for that reason, but large professional prints will be sharp.
My background is photojournalism, a BFA/Painting from SUNY Purchase and an MSLIS/Library Science degree from LIU.
Thanks and I hope you enjoy!