I began my career as a photojournalist in 1974 working for the Westport (CT) News and affiliated newspapers of the Brooks Community News group. That wonderful experience lasted for more than 17 years, and helped me hone my technical skills with the camera, lenses, film, lighting, and darkroom techniques, not to mention meeting deadlines, inter-personal relationships, and spontaneity. These were the pre-digital, pre-Photoshop, pre-Instagram days, and there were no ‘do overs’!
For the past 20 years, I’ve been a photography teacher (The Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT; Adjunct Professor at Western CT State University), as well as a commercial photographer, with a primary focus on weddings, portraiture, and corporate and family events.
As importantly, I continue to explore various approaches to composition, technique, subject matter, perspectives, the camera, and the themes (new and reoccurring) that embody my portfolios. I try to find the essence, the core, the truth of the subject or event.
I teach others, young and old, but continue to learn. I struggle to keep up with the ever-changing technology that allows everyone to be a ‘photographer’. Like many people, I spend more of my time in pre- or post-production than actually taking photographs. I’m working on reversing that course, and going back to the way I first learned photography – point, shoot, and trust your instincts, no ‘do overs’. The world is seen through many lenses, and a crossroad exists where the objectivity of my camera meets my own subjectivity. I believe it is here that truth is captured.