I have been a photographer for 50 years, growing up in New Jersey, only twenty miles from New York City. But it was not city life, as we had 20 acres literally inside the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, inspiring a lifelong interest in birds and the natural world. I received my first camera in 1972, spending many hours in the darkroom. My wife & I moved to the Tulsa, Oklahoma area in 1982, starting and raising our family there. In 2009 I began selling my work at art festivals as fine art prints.
I was featured in a Tulsa World newspaper article from the mid-1980s preparing for a "Travel with Tulsans" presentation
My work includes images from the human, natural and sacred worlds, primarily landscapes, wildlife, Americana, vintage transportation, and architecture. I have also recently been shooting historic recreations with authentic period props and reenactors. My goal is always to present the scene as I saw it and experienced it. I want it to evoke an emotional response in the viewer, from a sense of awe viewing a grand vista, to a wave of nostalgia viewing an old, rusty truck. When someone stands in front of one of my large prints and just stares into it, placing themselves in the scene, then I know I have succeeded!
Are these paintings or photographs?
Everything in my art show booth and website is a photo, printed on canvas, aluminum, acrylic or a laminated print. I now use digital equipment, but that is not what really matters. Searching for an interesting subject, finding the perfect composition and waiting for the perfect light will result in a final image that I hope will have an emotional impact on the viewer. Those creative aspects are what matter most, and they are the same for film or digital (as well as for a top of the line Nikon or a cell phone camera.)
What camera do you use?
While I have tens of thousands of slides, I now use digital equipment, and almost all of the images I now display were taken after 2006. Almost any modern digital camera can provide outstanding images. Equally important is skill in the digital darkroom and excellent printers, inks and materials. So you don't need to use the same equipment as me or any other photographer you admire to achieve great images. I even have a couple of images on this website taken with a cell phone (I dare you to find them!)
But photographers are often real "gearheads", so I will share my equipment list. I currently use a Sony A7r4, Sony FE 16-35mm f/4, Sony FE 90 2.8 Macro, Sony FE 55mm f/1.8, Sony FE 24-105 f/4, Sony FE 70-300, and a Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3.
Do you enhance your photos?
Some background: There is no such thing as an unmanipulated photographic print, either from film or digital. And today virtually all film is now scanned into a digital image in order to make prints. A digital image is a series of bits, 1s and 0s that must be converted into an image using software. Either the photographer personally controls that process (using software such as Photoshop), or you let the computer inside the camera make those decisions, and then let the printing lab computers make the decisions when printing.
The most important part of process is the image processing and preparation. So I make full use of imaging software such as Photoshop to process my images. If not printing the image myself, I never let the lab make any corrections or enhancements, they simply print what I send them. My goal is always to present the scene as I saw it and experienced it. In other words, while I use Photoshop, I don’t “photoshop” my images. Though a legitimate artistic method, in my work I never “create” an image that did not exist in nature. for instance, sky replacement has become an easy task with the latest software, but I would never do that.
Photography has always been a technological art form, but the technology is simply a tool. The creative aspects such as composition and lighting are the same for film or digital and are the most important aspects to creating a final image that will have an emotional impact on the viewer.
My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.