I began photographing at age 13 and by the time I was 14 I had my own black and white darkroom built in the basement of my family home. That was in 1968 and traditional black and white has been my preferred medium ever since.
In 1973, while attending Clark University in Worcester, MA., I took my first formal course in photography; a course taught by accomplished fine art photographer Ron Rosenstock. This marked the end of my liberal arts education and the beginning of a life in photography.
I completed my formal training at Mass College of Art in Boston. There I got to study under Gus Kayafas who brought in photographers Nicholas Nixon, Todd Papageorge and Stephen Shore. I got to attend the first course taught by Stephen Shore, an already accomplished photographer who went on to become a renowned photography educator as well.
I don`t travel to exotic places to photograph. I photograph people and places I find interesting in my environment. I often return to the same location over and over, exploring the different seasons and times of day.
I must give special mention to the person who has most influenced my life and work; philosopher, humanitarian as well as photographer — L. Ron Hubbard. In his book, ART, Mr. Hubbard states, "ART is a word which summarizes THE QUALITY OF COMMUNICATION." Photography to me is about seeing my environment and being in communication with it. Then hopefully producing an image that communicates aesthetically to others.