As Ted Kennedy said in the eulogy for his brother Bobby, “Some men see things as they are and ask Why, he saw things that never were and said Why Not!”
Most art is just that-visions that never were, but as were seen in the mind of the artist.
Ansel Adams pre-visualized what he wanted to depict, and achieved his goals by both in-camera and darkroom manipulations. 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.
I was born in New York City, and raised in northern New Jersey. My father was an avid amateur photographer, but despite his urging, I did not become interested in photography at that time.
My formal education included four years at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore as a premed student, followed by another four years at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Four more years of specialty training prepared me for the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Since that time I have practiced that specialty in the Pocono Mountains, in the northeastern corner of Pennsylvania.
My interest in photography began in the mid 1970’s. Inspired by photographers such as Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, and Minor White, black and white photography, the zone system, and infra-red photography held my interest for almost a decade. In recent years, color photography has been my focus, almost exclusively.
In the last fifteen years, my work has been shown in many group shows, and about ten solo shows, all in northeastern Pennsylvania My darkroom has gotten very little use in recent years. Most all of my work is done on the computer. I use conventional (non-digital) cameras- then scan a 3 X 5 or 4 X 6 photograph with a Umax Scanner. Utilizing a G3 Power Mac computer, the photographs are altered in some manner with the Adobe PhotoShop and/or Metacreations Painter software programs. The final print is printed by an Epson 3000 printer on Strathmore water color paper.