My Story (The Short Version)
I’ll do my best to paint a picture of who I am and what makes me tick on a single page of words.
I’m a fine art photographer living around the south shore area of Boston. My roots go back to central Indiana where I was born and raised for 30 years. I practically grew up with a camera in my hand. My first camera was a 35mm Nikon F2. An innocent introduction to the view camera led to my obsession with large wooden view cameras. Over the years I succumbed to the bigger is better concept. No camera was too large. I’ve used every sized camera from 35mm to a 16x20 ultra large format view camera. A new found level of sanity, wisdom and age has allowed me to step down to much smaller view cameras. My current favorite camera is my Polaroid OneStep+. Press the button and the print spits out the front. A mere 15 minutes. Pure 20th century magic.
Pretty postcard pictures aren’t my thing. I’ll let everyone else do that. I tend to go for the Americana type of image found off the road less traveled. My images are captured the old school way by exposing sheet film with a view camera. Using a view camera with film is admittedly an absurd choice when compared to a smaller digital camera. That choice is very simple for me. I like the hands on approach that film demands. I enjoy developing all of my black and white sheet film by hand in a traditional darkroom. My prints are made using the 19th century palladium printing process. Creating a palladium print by hand is an intoxicating process. Over time I became somewhat of a paper geek. In particular, I am partial to Japanese handmade paper. My search for the holy grail of papers lead me to stumble across Japanese gampi tissue. Gampi is an insanely thin tissue with a surface sheen. For me a palladium print on gampi is the best that it gets.
Over the years I’ve learned that life has much to offer outside of photography. That’s a concept that took far too long to learn. Sports were never my thing (just ask my father), so I found entertainment elsewhere. On the warmer days I can be found riding my long-board or my beach cruiser. In the colder months I’m banging away to master the Japanese kendama. I also dabble a bit with Japanese calligraphy. When life gets really stressful, I retreat to the peaceful world of tai chi. All of my time spent outside of taking pictures comes back in a full circle to focus my mind. Now that you know a little about me, take some time to browse my images. Most of the images have a story. Read the story and try to picture in your mind the visuals that I convey. If you would like to know more about a particular image or the methods to my madness, shoot me an email or call me. Be sure to check out my blog from time to time. My blog is where I tend to share my stories of adventure (and misadventure). Thanks for taking the time to read my story.