I was born in the wilds of Flatbush, Brooklyn, sometime during the 20th century. In the years following, I discovered cameras, darkrooms and girls, however not necessarily in that order. To accomplish my challenges, I have been known to build electronic devices and hand make rigs and props – all from scratch.
Over the course of my career, I’ve photographed slaughterhouses, low and high fashion, prescription pharmaceuticals, a few celebrities and, in 2001, produced a documentary film about ancient Buddhist caves in China using 360º panoramic photography.
I’m also a 2012 Hasselblad Masters Finalist with work in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and have won hundreds of awards for my groundbreaking conventional and digital special effects work.
The riskiest thing I’ve ever done? Having four impacted molars removed without anesthesia.
I scrapped 20 years of work to build this new “still life” portfolio. As a guideline, I very loosely committed myself to Richard Avedon’s, “Series of No’s” to simplify my work down to a few essentials: simple lighting, simple composition and execution.
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.
Nickmom Web Launch
A playful shoot of props contrasting a mix of kids’and moms’ lifestyles for the inaugural launch of Nickmom.com website.
I start and end every day with food, so why not shoot it?
Since becoming “Lightroom Guy,” I’ve started traveling around the world to explore possibilities for my future travel workshops.