I started photography in 1977 at Penn State as a photographer for the college newspaper. Immediately, I fell in love with it and took many classes eventually graduating with a BA degree. While I do some work in color, my first love is black and white photography. My technique is simple. I carry a camera with me whenever I go out and am always looking for a subject, lighting, moment or composition that intrigues me. I critique my photos harshly, only letting photos that show my particular vision into my portfolio. Through much practice I have learned to “see” in black and white and I can visualize what I want my final print to look like when I am taking the photo. But very often I find it is the little surprises in my photos that intrigue me. These are elements that I didn’t consciously see but are there during inspection of the work print. I love these surprises as they keep photography fresh for me.
Over the years I have had many jobs in photography, including small newspapers, weddings, advertising and studio work. But, over the last ten years my emphasis has been on my artistic work and teaching photography in personal lessons. I use both digital and film cameras and find that both have their strengths and weaknesses. I am currently putting together a retrospective of my work for gallery shows and have plans for a book to help beginners develop a photographic vision of their own.
This is one of my favorite quotes. Every time I take a photo I think of it.
'The photograph isolates and perpetuates a moment of time: an important and revealing moment, or an unimportant and meaningless one, depending upon the photographer's understanding of his subject and mastery of his process.' -Edward Weston
I also love this one as well: "Of all my photographs, the ones that have most meaning for me are those I was moved to make from a certain vantage point, at a certain moment and no other, and for which I did not draw on my abilities to fabricate a picture, composition-wise or otherwise. You might say that I was taken in." -Paul Caponigro
'If I knew how to take a good photograph, I'd do it every time.' -Robert Doisneau
'You learn to see by practice. It's just like playing tennis, you get better the more you play. The more you look around at things, the more you see. The more you photograph, the more you realize what can be photographed and what can't be photographed. You just have to keep doing it.' -Eliot Porter