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My journey began in 1973, processing black and white film.  Unwinding a still-wet roll of film, fixer running down my forearm, dripping off my elbow.  Marveling at the images.  It was alchemy of the highest order; magic to a 12-year-old.  The die was cast and I've never looked back.

                    
 Self-portrait at home, c. 1982        The young artist in Italy, 1975         High school photography club


To avoid boring you with un-necessary details, I've worked as a professional photographer, trade-show photographer, newspaper photojournalist, camera salesman and darkroom technician.

I would like to think my work has been influenced by Minor White, Jerry Burchard, Edward Weston and Art Kane.  I challenge myself to produce work that is uncommon in the current ocean of digital art.

When I need inspiration, I open my favorite photography books; "Darkroom" and "Darkroom 2" by Lustrum Press, "Minor White: A Living Remembrance" by Aperture and "Fred Picker's Collected Works. If those fail, I channel Dennis Hopper's character "Photojournalist" from "Apocalypse Now".

      
A big thanks to my friend Scott Emery for my Dennis Hopper photo!


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Accidental memories


Iceland - Portfolio II

Iceland - Portfolio I

Silver Salts
Some work on film

Basilicae Maioris
Rome, Italy

A Private Collection

Homage To Rothko

Memories
Ode to Thomas Hardy

Smiling Faces
Chicago Pride parade

Editorial Work
From my years as a photojournalist

Portrait work

Accidental memories
A glimpse of my family life c. 1975

Fetes De La Nuit
Night reveals what the day conceals.

Nudes In Light

Nudes In Motion
The kenitic human form

Postcards From My Travels

Madness
Perhaps a slow descent

 

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(on animal rights)
"The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?"
-- Jeremy Bentham

"It is man's concern for all living creatures that truly makes him human."
-- Albert Schweitzer

 

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The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Icelandic Adventure! from 2023

  2023
  Icelandic Adventure!
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Christmas Cruise! from 2022

  2022
  Christmas Cruise!
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Canada & New England Cruise from 2022

  2022
  Canada & New England Cruise
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Christmas Cruise from 2021

  2021
  Christmas Cruise
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Christmas Cruise from 2019

  2019
  Christmas Cruise
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Canada & New England from 2019

  2019
  Canada & New England
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Christmas Cruise from 2018

  2018
  Christmas Cruise
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Our Second Adventure to Cuba from 2018

  2018
  Our Second Adventure to Cuba
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Our Adventure to Cuba from 2018

  2018
  Our Adventure to Cuba
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Canada and New England 2018 from 2018

  2018
  Canada and New England 2018
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Christmas & New Years Cruise from 2017

  2017
  Christmas & New Years Cruise
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Spring Cruise from 2017

  2017
  Spring Cruise
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Christmas Cruise from 2016

  2016
  Christmas Cruise
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Our Cruise to the Baltics from 2016

  2016
  Our Cruise to the Baltics
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Christmas & New Years Cruise from 2015

  2015
  Christmas & New Years Cruise
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Summer Cruise from 2015

  2015
  Summer Cruise
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Christmas Cruise! from 2014

  2014
  Christmas Cruise!
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Galapagos Islands Adventure! from 2014

  2014
  Galapagos Islands Adventure!
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to The Disney Dream from 2014

  2014
  The Disney Dream
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Spring Cruise from 2014

  2014
  Spring Cruise
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Cruise to Europe! from 2013

  2013
  Cruise to Europe!
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Last sailing of Monarch of the Seas from 2013

  2013
  Last sailing of Monarch of the Seas
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Christmas Cruise! from 2012

  2012
  Christmas Cruise!
The travels of Beth and Steve: Our adventure to Our First Italian Adventure from 2011

  2011
  Our First Italian Adventure

 

 

v i d e o s


YouTube video link about Ansel Adams : Master of Black and White

Ansel Adams
Master of Black and White
YouTube video link about David Bailey : In The Studio With David Bailey

David Bailey
In The Studio With David Bailey
YouTube video link about Jerry Burchard : Night photographer Jerry Burchard

Jerry Burchard
Night photographer Jerry Burchard
YouTube video link about Lewis Carroll : Sincerely Yours: A Film About Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll
Sincerely Yours: A Film About Lewis Carroll
YouTube video link about Lewis Carroll : The Secret World Of Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll
The Secret World Of Lewis Carroll
YouTube video link about Bill Cunningham : Fashion Photographer, New York

Bill Cunningham
Fashion Photographer, New York
YouTube video link about Sally Mann : The Life and Work of Sally Mann

Sally Mann
The Life and Work of Sally Mann
YouTube video link about Joel Meyerowitz : Pulse of the Street

Joel Meyerowitz
Pulse of the Street
YouTube video link about Moriyama Daido : Japanese Style Photography

Moriyama Daido
Japanese Style Photography
YouTube video link about Fred Picker : Zone VI Workshop

Fred Picker
Zone VI Workshop
YouTube video link about Edward Weston : The Photographer

Edward Weston
The Photographer
YouTube video link about Edward Weston : The Day Books of Edward Weston

Edward Weston
The Day Books of Edward Weston
YouTube video link about Minor White : The Photography of Minor White

Minor White
The Photography of Minor White
YouTube video link about Masao Yamamoto : Masao Yamamoto: The Space Between Flowers

Masao Yamamoto
Masao Yamamoto: The Space Between Flowers

 

b o o k s


Recommended reading: Darkroom 2. by Jain Kelly ed.

  Jain Kelly ed.
  Darkroom 2.
  Lustrum Press
Recommended reading: Darkroom. by Eleanor Lewis ed.

  Eleanor Lewis ed.
  Darkroom.
  Lustrum Press.
Recommended reading: Edward Weston: Portraits. by Aperture Press

  Aperture Press
  Edward Weston: Portraits.
  Aperture Press, New York, NY, 1995
Recommended reading: Edward Weston: The Flame of Recognition. by Nancy Newhall ed.

  Nancy Newhall ed.
  Edward Weston: The Flame of Recognition.
  Aperture Press, New York, NY, 1963
Recommended reading: Interviews With Master Photographers. by Danziger, James & Conrad III, Barnaby.

  Danziger, James & Conrad III, Barnaby.
  Interviews With Master Photographers.
  New York: Paddington Press Ltd.
Recommended reading: Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story. by Richard Bach

  Richard Bach
  Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story.
  Macmillian & Co., New York, NY, 1970
Recommended reading: The Fine Print. by Fred Picker

  Fred Picker
  The Fine Print.
  Dummerston, VT: Hill Farm Press, 1975
Recommended reading: The Legacy of Minor White. by Nathan Lyons ed.

  Nathan Lyons ed.
  The Legacy of Minor White.
  Rochester, NY: Greenburg Gallery, 2008
Recommended reading: The Persuasive Image. by Art Kane

  Art Kane
  The Persuasive Image.
  Alskog, Inc., 1974-1975
Recommended reading: The Photo Illustration. by Bert Stern

  Bert Stern
  The Photo Illustration.
  Alskog, Inc., 1974-1975
Recommended reading: The Photographic Illusion. by Duane Michaels

  Duane Michaels
  The Photographic Illusion.
  Alskog, Inc., 1974-1975
Recommended reading: The Private Experience. by Elliott Erwitt

  Elliott Erwitt
  The Private Experience.
  Alskog, Inc., 1974-1975
Recommended reading: The Wisdom of Donkeys. by Andy Merrifield

  Andy Merrifield
  The Wisdom of Donkeys.
  New York: Westchester Book Group
Recommended reading: Zone VI Workshop. by Fred Picker

  Fred Picker
  Zone VI Workshop.
  New York, NY: Amphoto Books, 1974

 

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