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Artistic Background

My earliest recollection of a sustained interest in photography dates from my college experience at St. Lawrence University and the student run photo service where I was director for a time. Minor White and Paul Caponigro influenced me at this time when I attended several photographic workshops with each separately.

After college and graduate school in physics, I pursued a career in scientific research, making photographs on occasion over the years. It is only recently that I have devoted a substantial and focused period of time to creating fine art photographs.

A broad cultural and esthetic liberal arts education complemented my career in fundamental and applied research, and the two provided me with very valuable insights into the physical world in which we live. This world is of course what a photographer records during the photographic process.

I have pursued additional training in photography including workshops with master photographer John Sexton at Anderson Ranch, Professor Craig Stevens (Savannah College of Art and Design) at the Maine Photographic Workshops, and Gary Samson at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. These activities are invaluable in providing direct experience with leading photographers and insight into current methodology and technology in the photographic field.

Recent recognition of my work has come through acceptance in two Sharon Art Center juried exhibitions: Juried Competition 2004 October 23 - November 23, 2004 and Black and White, November 4-27, 2005, and selected as honorable mention in the Golden Light Awards competition, 2005 by Maine Photographic Workshop. Inclusion in the Gallery at Halmark's juried show of New England Artists: "Art + Space: Collected Work from Local Artists" February 2010.

I work primarily with a 4x5 view camera, recording the image on film and developing individual negatives in the wet darkroom. I have produced silver prints in the traditional wet darkroom for many years and, in addition, I now use digital techniques to craft the images recorded on film and to print using the inkjet process. The silver and inkjet print processes each offer their own individual expressive possibilities.

Wild River Maine, Rocks and Roots, 2008

Wild River Maine, Rocks and Roots, 2008

Winter Ice, 2003

Winter Ice, 2003

Morning Mist, Woodland Trail, Assateague Island Virginia, 2008

Morning Mist, Woodland Trail
Assateague Island Virginia, 2008