I will forever be searching through nature’s beauty and man made beauty of an architect’s design to find light, shadow, texture, and a sense of balance. I concentrate on design, composition and use the camera and light to create a new vision of the buildings and scenes I photograph. I look for the beauty of design in the normally overlooked aspects of an object or setting. I focus in on the elements that make up a vast architectural structure, a deserted desert homestead or the beauty of nature’s design in landscapes.
I photograph what my mind sees and I remain true to an architect’s intent, whether the architect was man or Mother Nature. There is design in everything we see and it is the eye that can find the right angle and framing to make the most of what is presented to us. I look around, I set the camera for a shot and then look behind me; I look up. There is always another way to look and find the next image. If I “see” it with my eyes I can create it, if I don’t “see” it, then the best camera and lens in the world can’t capture it.
I went to Brooklyn Technical High School in New York City where I studied design in a 4 year program. I also attended the prestigious Art Students League in New York during my last 2 years of High School. I started at Rochester Institute of Technology as a Design student. After taking Photographic Design class with Bee Nettles I found myself drawn to what I could do with the camera and black and white film and switched my major to Photographic Illustration. I graduated in 1974 on the Dean’s list with a BFA in Photography as a Fine Art. Immediately upon graduation moved to Washington, DC and became a teaching assistant at the acclaimed Corcoran College of Art + Design working for the acclaimed photographic instructor Paul Kennedy. That led to a career in DC as a freelance commercial photographer. I was offered a job to be a Director of Photography on a clay animated feature film, from there it led to a career in the Animation and Visual effects business. Now I have left that business and returned to the photography I was trained for.
A passion for Architecture and Film Noir has led to a series of black and white images highlighting the architecture of Palm Springs and the many diverse structures around the world. A series on the Los Angeles downtown area has brought many awards and been featured in a number of shows in 2015 and 2016. These images center around the Disney Concert Hall and the financial district of Los Angeles. This series is being followed up with a series on New York and later in the year, Dallas.
This work has led to a number of commissions for his photographs, including the cover of the “Palm Springs Modernism”, a book commemorating the 10th anniversary of Modernism Week and the 12 architects of Palm Springs Modernism. His photographs are also being used in numerous publications and promotional material for Modernism Week events.
The work was also featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Atomic Ranch, a magazine devoted to mid-century modern homes and architecture. The article is called “Ranch O Mirage in Black & White” and is a series of photographs of the 16 home mid-century community where I live at Tamarisk Ranchos. And was written by my wife, Melissa.
We are currently working on a book called “Mod Mirage”, a history of mid-century architecture in Rancho Mirage.
I have also shown my series of images from the Salton Sea and the Mojave Desert. The sea is an amazing place that had such a rich history, but has been abandoned to be absorbed back into nature.
I have spent the majority of my career as a Visual Effects Producer and Supervisor on Films and TV. I have worked on films such as Tron, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Underworld, X-Men:First Class and recently finished up on Deadpool. I was one of the owners of the Animation studio Broadcast Arts where we did the first season of PeeWee's Playhouse.
Exhibitions and Acknowledgments
2017 Amanda Smith Gallery Black & White Show
2017 Featured Photographer Blur Magazine #54
2017 Featured Photographer Adore Noir Magazine #36
2016 Palm Springs Art Museum Juried show: Best of Show
2016 CODA Gallery El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA Featured Artist
2016 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris: Honorable Mention
2016 Photographer's Forum Annual Show: Finalist
2016 Texas Photographic Society: Juried show in San Antonio, TX Artists Council
2016 UCR “Artists Expressions”: Group Show
2016 Modernism Week show at North Shore Yacht Club Group Show
2016 Rebecca Fine Arts Group Show
2015 Monochrome Awards: Finalist 2 images
2015 Beverly Hills Art Show: 3rd Place in Photography
2015 IPA "Lucie Awards": Honorable Mention for 4 images
2015 New York Photography Festival "Last Picture Show": Finalist
2015 Photographer's Forum Annual Show: Finalist
2015 Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR "Mother Earth": juried show
2015 Published in Camerapixo "Fine Art" Urban Nature issue
2015 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris: 5 Honorable Mentions
2015 Gallery 446 Palm Springs: Group Show "Surreal Visions"
2015 Center for Fine Art Photography Ft Collins, CO: Juried Landscape Exhibition
2015 Arch Angel Gallery Palm Springs: OneShot exhibition group show
2015 Atomic Ranch Magazine: Commissioned article on Rancho Mirage Architecture
2015 "Desert Modernist": Cover photograph and contributing photographer
2015 "Southwest Arts Festival" Indio, CA
2014 Palm Springs Art Museum: Juried show of Artists Council Members
2014 Desert Magazine: First Place Landscape, First Runner up Architecture
2014 Joshua Tree Art Gallery: Group Show
1975-1978 Eye Street Gallery Wash. DC: Multiple group shows
1974 Rochester Institute of Technology: Graduate Show