classic images in black & white
Egg in Glass, taken in 1968 at age 14
14 years of age, I knew that I was destined to be a fine art photographer.
While living in Rochester, NY, I stumbled across an old building associated with
George Eastman, which
led to my reading of his biography. Before I even
completed the book, I knew that I was going to be a
photographer and for the
next 10 years, photography was my complete existence. If I wasn’t taking
or in the darkroom, I would spend countless hours looking at every book
and image I could find. There was
nothing in my life except photography.
this early age I found myself drawn to a particular style of image, one
that would literally cause a
physical reaction in me. They were dark images
created by Adams, Weston, Bullock and others. I
knew that I was destined to
create such images.
am often asked, “Why black and white?” I think it’s because I grew up in a
Television, movies and the news were all in black and
white. My heroes were in black and white and even
the nation was segregated
into black and white.
My images are an extension of the
world in which I grew up.
For me color records the image, but black and white captures the
feelings that lie beneath the surface.
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- Washington DC - 2007
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