About my work
Photography has been my passion for over 40 years. An effort to infuse my images with emotional content while staying on the cutting edge of technical developments keeps me excited about each new project. Summers are filled with music festivals such as “The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival”, “Bonnaroo”, “Outside Lands” and the “Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals”. I bring the same enthusiasm to weddings or other events as I do to the festivals. Whether I am pursuing commercial or fine art, there is a scene, a person, or a product to be felt, analyzed and understood and I try to communicate that understanding photographically using the skills, (and tricks) that I have learned over the past 40 years. My goal is to distill an event to the fewest possible images while showing the broadest possible range of emotion and fact. While documenting I try to be as unobtrusive as possible and to bring positive energy and clarity to the event. I have photographed weddings as far away as Italy, Costa Rica and Guatemala and traveled throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America. Technical mastery has always been extremely important to me, and I have never stopped studying the newest and oldest photographic techniques. My latest quest has been to build a truly carbon neutral business (and home). To that end, I’ve created a passive solar home and installed a windmill and solar PV which takes care of all of our electrical needs, including a 100% electric car.
I knew 45 years ago that I would be a photographer. Photography has always been my primary artistic and creative outlet. The Ocean City Sentential Ledger was where I started my career at the age of 17.
I went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the Rhode Island School of Design, where I was very lucky to learn photography during the days of film, chemicals and fine printing in the darkroom. Shooting with an 8”x10” camera and developing one frame at a time encourages one to pay careful attention to the image.
After college I worked in and around New York City for photographers Sepp Seitz, a corporate and studio photographer, Mike Yamashita of the National Geographic Society, and fine art photographer L
arry Fink. I worked in the Polaroid 20”x 24” studio at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and on location around the world.
I was immersed into the digital world in the early 90’s as I worked on MayaQuest, an interactiv
e expedition to Central America. We invented an early form of virtual reality, mapped Mayan ruins, sent photographs, video, and stories via satellite back to, and at the direction of 2,000 elementary schools in the United States.
I started teaching at Lehigh University in 1985 and did so for 20 years. While there, I developed curriculum for classes such as Photoshop, the history of photography, photo 1 & 2, and mixed media photography. As a “Professor of Practice” I was free to pursue my photographic career while teaching several classes per semester.
For the past 25 years, I’ve been exploring the music world, shooting as staff photographer for such live events as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Essence Music Festival, Bonnaroo, and the Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals. I syndicate these images through Getty Images.
Over the last few years, I’ve re-designed and renovated an old (1768) farm house and barn into a home and studio. Top
Festival & Event Photography:
Travel & Stock Photography:
Carbon Neutral Studio
Harvesting sun and wind energy:
Passive solar heat & biodiesel backup:We renovated a portion of our home using a “passive solar slab” which is an 8” thick slab. There are two inches of insulation below the slab and four inches separating it from the foundation. Sunlight coming in the windows in the winter heats up this slab each day, and that heat is released back into the room at night. The overall fluctuation is about 8 degrees, starting at about 68 in the morning and heating up to 76 in the afternoon. We get about 35 degrees of solar gain on a sunny day; if it’s 35 outside, it’s 70 inside. When it gets down to about 25 outside, we start a fire in the external wood stove which uses about 12 cords of wood to heat the house, photo studio and wood shop. Burning wood releases the same amount of CO2 as rotting wood, and with an abundance of standing dead wood, it is a carbon neutral process. Our backup heat source is biodiesel, which burns 78% more cleanly than traditional heating oil and is made from waste cooking oil in a biodiesel reactor here on the farm. This summer we plan to add active solar hot water to reduce the use of the wood stove even further.