I like to make things.
I like to dig in the dirt and plant flowers, I like to sand wooden boats and restore their finish, and I like to photograph things I find beautiful. I like to paint. I like the smell of oilpaint and the focus it requires to make an image. I love it when others like what I make.
I graduated from New England School of Photography with honors in photojournalism after studying Graphic Design at Mass College of Art. It was the 80s and I shot 35mm film with my Nikon FM2, learned printing in both black and white and color. After moving West, I discovered night photography when I attended a course taught by the Nocturnes in San Francisco. I wanted to make images on a bigger negative. Since I could not afford a decent 2 1/4 format camera, I bought a Holga for about $20 and did a bit of research on how to disable the shutter and take long exposures.
In 2002 I created my first website featuring my Holga photographs. The Holga night images became very popular through Flickr and I started receiving many requests to explain how to make these images. That’s why I created a page on my site specifically dedicated to Holga questions.
I have exhibited my images in shows in the Bay Area, and was part of Lance Keimig’s Darkness Darkness Show at Harvard University in 2007.
In 2008 I began shooting with digital Nikons. I learned to create digital negatived and use old-time printing processes like cyanotype to make images. I began painting in oils about 10 years ago but have recently become much more involved in the painting process. I am in awe of painters like van Gogh and Basquiat. I love the work of Warhol
You will notice that many of my paintings have subjects that are ocean related, like fish and seascapes. From childhood on I have either lived close to the ocean or have spent significant time near the ocean. I have sailed from Antigua to Newport RI on a 48″ racing sloop and worked in boatyards and icecream shops in small New England ports.
Mass College of Art – Graphic Design
New England School of Photography – Photojurnalism
The Nocturnes – Night Photography
San Francisco Art Institute – Printmaking, Screenprinting, Painting