Petals & Pavements
Most art represents a moment in time as seen in the mind of the artist. Ansel Adams was a photographic pioneer in that he was able to previsualize what be wanted to depict, and then achieve his goals by both in-camera and darkroom manipulations. Now all photographers have that capability to alter images in “post processing” because of the digital transformation of photography, and those images become “moments in time” as previsualized by the photographer.
The technologies available today allow us to alter images in ways that were impossible only a few short years ago. The old-time photographers would likely have been very envious of the ease with which we are now able to make these changes.
Post-processing refers to all of the ways an image may be altered after it has been recorded by the camera. All of the images in this exhibition have been changed in some manner, some to larger degrees than others. My hope is that you, the viewer, will enjoy the final image, but be unaware of the many alterations. This collection is comprised mostly of cityscapes and flowers. I find Now York City busy, noisy, crowded, messy, and intimidating, but “OH SO PHOTOGENIC.” On the other hand, flowers are quite the opposite–quiet, serene, beautiful, but also “OH SO PHOTOGENIC.” The isolation of the pandemic is what allowed me the time to fine tune my computer skills, and delve into floral photography.
Please enjoy the show.
About the Artist
I was born in New York City and raised in northern New Jersey. My father was a very good amateur photographer, but despite his urging I did not become interested in photography until much later in life.
Right after high school, at 17, I enlisted in the Navy at the tail-end of WWII. Fortunately, the war ended before I had to be involved in any active combat.
My formal education included four years at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, followed by another four years in medical school at the Univ. of Pennsylvania. After my residency in OB-Gyn, I practiced that specialty here in the Poconos until about seven years ago.
My interest in photography began in the mid 1970’s. Inspired by photographers such as Ansel Adams and Walker Evans, black and white photography, the zone system, and infra-red photography held my interest for decades before I got into color photography. Of late, the “Post Processing” of images with Adobe’s Photoshop and Corel’s Painter programs has been exciting and allows me the freedom to alter images to match my artistic visions. The “Post Processing” of the many images I’ve taken over the years kept me very busy during the isolation of the pandemic.