I was born in the wilds of Flatbush, Brooklyn, sometime during the 20th century. In the years following, I discovered cameras and girls, however not necessarily in that order. I’m a semi-accomplished juggler (5) and have been known to build my own electronic devices and hand make rigs and props to accomplish my goals. I’m also a 2012 Hasselblad Masters Finalist with work in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
Over the course of my career (so far, anyway), I’ve photographed slaughterhouses, low and high fashion, prescription pharmaceuticals, some celebrities and shot a documentary film about ancient Buddhist caves in China.
The riskiest thing I’ve ever done? Having four impacted molars removed without anesthesia.
As a guideline, I very loosely commit myself to Richard Avedon’s, “Series of No’s” and simplify my work down to a few essentials: simple lighting, simple composition and execution. This approach to my studio tabletop work doesn’t exempt me from finessing the images in post-production in a way that completes my vision.
Using an Arduino-based Camera Axe*, I capture liquids with high-speed strobe as they pass through a laser beam. Unlike trial and error captures, this process always triggers flash and camera at just the right millisecond in time. The water is unpredictable, the timing impeccable.
Before I started shooting digital photography, I hand made props and sets, shooting multiple exposures using multiple large-format film cameras to create my special effects images. In ’84, I got my first computer and never looked back. Today, my work production techniques are complex, but the results are simple, elegant visuals, often using the techniques learned from the analog days.
I start and end every day with food, so why not shoot it?
Union Square Pairs
Shot as is, where is, at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, using my old Canon G10. Paired by color, light and texture. Just for fun.