As a lover of dance, I have always been fascinated by the bodies’ ability to move in an emotionally powerful way. I have studied how the dancer’s body with advanced training can tell a visual story that for me is often more emotionally powerful than a spoken story.
Using a large format camera and tin plate as my medium I strove to stop dancers in motion. The large format camera has traditionally been used for longer sittings of subjects. To create the movement of the dancer with almost no blur and to accentuate the form was my challenge. Using this technical tension with the dancers creating images with an emotive feeling that mimics what one feels while watching a dance performance.
I was fortunate to work with exceptional modern dancers who understood my creative journey and worked tirelessly to create my vision of movement, shape and form.
A person holds many mysteries on their journey to my lens. My own life has many facets from mother, wife, executive and artist. In connecting with my subjects, I hope to capture who they are today, where they were yesterday and who they hope to be tomorrow.
I am fascinated with inert structures and static shadows that come to life by interacting with their environment.
Its reflection in light makes a mechanical vent look like a neck of a giraffe and the shadow of a lamppost sheltering people walking by — an inanimate structure becomes animate.
When I see scenes such as these then I know I need to explore further and I feel a visceral reaction and connection. I want to create what one sees and ignores every day and give these objects a place and elevate them to what I see as some kind of beauty.
The works of Hilla and Bernd Becher and the disciples of the Düsseldorf Academy, such as Thomas Ruff and Andreas Gursky influence my creative style. Although this exhibit reflects their influence, my esthetic vocabulary differs in some important respects in that I tend to infuse my images with deep graphic texture.
I chose to shoot these images in black and white, because I felt color would interrupt the relationship between the photograph and the viewer — in monochrome these images stay pure, simple and honest.
May 2015 - Solo Exhibition - Gallery @ (le) poisson Rouge
June 2016 - Group Show - Los Angeles Center of Photography First Annual Fine Art Exhibition
Ohio State Fair 2018
An annual community event around award-winning farm animals. I had the opportunity to spend time with the families who had their sheep in the sheep competition. It was an emotional experience for me to watch these families together while thinking about my own children’s very different lives’ growing-up. My children grew up in a single parent home in an urban environment, I wished my children could have experienced living on a farm, caring for farm animals alongside the camaraderie of family and friends. Thereby allowing them to keep their innocence while learning responsibilities.
I learned how these children would come home from school each day to groom and care for their sheep. The boys in the sheep shearing competition told me stories of practicing daily to be able to shear the sheep quickly and carefully without nicking the sheep.
The families graciously brought me into their lives, invited me to sit with them during the competition and taught me the competition rules. I was given access to get close to the “action” enabling me to more easily photograph the competition and their surrounding community.
As a child growing up, I was forbidden to speak to strangers or for that matter, even look at strangers. I was told to keep my head down. And so for many years, I never interacted voluntarily with a stranger.
Then one day, when I first began photography classes the instructor asked the students to meet a stranger and go to their home and photograph them. This was much too scary for me. So I photographed my cousin instead. It was obvious in class that those who followed the assignment had much more interesting and exciting images than mine. I vowed to at least photograph a stranger per day.
Lucky for me, I started this task in Soho, NY. because everyone in Soho wants their photo taken! I was shocked to learn how fun and nice total strangers are. And more so, I learned how easy it was for me to connect with strangers. Street photography taught me that people are much more alike than different, most people are very kind and of course quickly learned that a smile goes a long way.
"While walking in the woods, I came across these emotive tree stumps. I felt the need to capture their essence through all the seasons, in their natural environment not altering one leaf...letting nature be the designer.
These stumps were once large beautiful trees, the lungs of the world breathing in carbon dioxide and breathing out oxygen on which our lives depend...it could be said that we take them for granted, yet they are vital to teaching us about many aspects of our past.
The rings of the logs tell the history of their environment. Each season of growth, a new ring is set down in the body of the tree...I've captured the tree's history clearly in these images, a series of concentric rings circling the heart and fanning out toward the edge. The size and color of the rings represent the growth patterns that reflect the conditions of the season or the year.
When looking at these stumps, now at the end of their life, yet with their history in plain view for us to read, I imagine them as strong beautiful trees giving pleasure in their magnificence for all to see, giving oxygen for all to breath and shade for all who need a respite from the sun.
I endeavor to give homage to the life that once was and use my photography to give homage to the forgotten or unseen."
June 2017 - Solo Exhibition - Umbrella Arts, New York, New York
May 2017 Solo Exhibition - Handwright Gallery, New Canaan, CT