About the Photographer
Capturing the beauty of France using my Mamiya Twin Lens Reflex and Zero Image Pinhole Cameras.
* Graduate: University of Maryland, College Park (B.S. in Journalism)
* Graduate: NH Institute of Art (Certificate in Photography)
* Member: NH Art Association
* Member: NH Society of Photographic Artists
~ For the past 20 years, I've been exhibiting my work at the NH Society of Photographic Artists' Annual Show at the Old Town Hall Gallery in Exeter, NH. My photographs are also shown regularly at the NH Art Association's Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth, NH as well as in other local, regional and international venues.
~ When I first began my career as a Photographer in the mid 1990’s, I worked with an antique Mamiya C330 Twin Lens Reflex Camera on a tri-pod. I used a hand held light meter and had to focus each shot manually. It was a much slower, methodical process, but I absolutely loved it! I even developed my own film and printed each custom portrait in my Traditional Darkroom. It was a very hands-on, specialized experience. My early portraits were mostly rendered in Black and White or Sepia Tone and had a “vintage style."
~ The photography business has changed dramatically in the last 15 years and I have happily welcomed these changes. I own two Canon Digital SLR Cameras which allow me the ease of taking dozens of photos in a single photo session ~ a big change from the days when I would shoot one roll of film consisting of only 12 frames.
~ One of my greatest passions as a photographic artist is working with my Zero Image Pinhole Camera, which like my Mamiya Camera, uses 120 medium format film. It’s a very simple camera that doesn’t even have a lens or viewfinder! These days, I scan the film and create digital files for printing. For the past 5 years, I have been exhibiting my pinhole images at the annual Somerville Toy Camera Festival in Somerville, MA.
~ I have also found that making "Legacy Handmade Prints," using a historic 19th century process, is the perfect way to honor the past, and embrace this "future" of photography at the same time. After creating a large format digital negative, I hand coat 100% cotton rag paper with various light sensitive solutions. I then use sunlight or a UV Box to expose the image as a contact print.
~ Over the years, I have continued to create “vintage style” sepia tone images as well as many "contemporary" color photographs. The magic of PhotoShop and Lightroom have allowed me to expand on traditional photographic methods, but I still consider my “roots” in the profession to be an extremely important part of who I am as a photographer.