“I am an interpreter of what surrounds me and the camera is my instrument of choice. It affords me a different way of seeing and a way to uncover what is unobserved. With each new project I strive in my photographs to discover overlooked or neglected items that are unseen by people rushing through daily life, and through my focus, to create an awareness that will inspire a dialogue. “
Continuing with the same approach exhibited with my last series titled Ethereal, this new exhibition, titled Re>Formation, advances my creative exploration in exciting new directions. Objects and dyes are layered in viscous liquids that are frozen to create temporary sculptures. Techniques involving mixing chemicals to the dyes as well as melting the layers and edges of the objects create imperfect shapes and ranges of color that are then photographed.
Two new series are the product of my experiments and are featured in this exhibition. In the first, common botanical materials found on walks, such as grasses, seedpods and hydrangea petals are used. The second series on exhibition creates sculptures in a similar way, using shards of glass from broken bottles. The refraction and reflection of light passing through the broken glass produces abstract images that inspire me to explore the relationship between shape, light and color.
Both series use white backgrounds and are illuminated with rays of light that pass through the sculptures. Similar to scientific specimens, the images are isolated from their surroundings for better observation. The original materials collected are no longer in existence, but the sculpted specimens exist as photographs and are preserved for display.
My latest work deals with capturing the ephemeral state of our surroundings by photographing objects created out of ice. The fleeting nature of the melting ice adds a sense of urgency and spontaneity to an otherwise controlled still life. I crafted the short-lived sculptures by layering colors, embedding plants and by melting and fracturing the frozen forms. Photographing the objects makes permanent the ice sculpture’s temporary state and creates images that blur the lines between painting and photography
Transient is homage to faded memory.Mirrors and Mylar have been used in the creation of images evocative of ephemeral memory. The images created in camera using film are similar to mirages moving in and out of existence, constantly changing and sometimes lost forever. The photograph’s otherworldliness can be imagined as hazy memories of the past. Perhaps once the buildings are torn down or repurposed they will exist as warning to our collective transient existence
Trespass exposes the beauty of the structures in the moment Mother nature and man are working in tandem, so that each subsequent visit reveals a changing landscape. In addition to the exquisite beauty of the decaying buildings, the adrenaline and excitement of trespassing compels me to return again and again. My adventures thus far include hiding to avoid discovery, being chased and an arrest that included a court appearance.The decay in these once beautiful majestic buildings is visually exquisite. A whole genre of photography called Ruin Porn exists because of their beauty and because of the excitement of trespassing in order to access the buildings. My own adventures include hiding to avoid discovery, being chased out of buildings and an arrest that included a court appearance.
The knowledge that these once vibrant spaces once filled with workers, residents and lives are now filled with decrepit machinery, rust, and rot, is unsettling. The impermanence of the decomposing structures now tossed aside and forgotten are a stark contrast to what was originally a stable secure structure and way of life.
My recent work is a study of the human body. Playing with the transparent properties of glass and shooting from the outside in, I’m challenging our neurotic tendencies to assess ourselves. I photographed my subjects to achieve a beautiful distortion of flesh forced against glass. Like viewing biological specimens under a microscopic slide, we’re able to acknowledge the tensions between surface and form.
My brave subjects are peers who have accepted and embraced their age and glorious imperfections. Working with them has been inspirational.
Abstract Urban Landscapes
I'm interested in finding visual eloquence inherent in everything I encounter. My intention is to explore the connections between form, light, color and reflections to discover how those relationships interact to create engaging images. My Pittsburgh roots have inspired me to seek out urban, industrial and neglected environments, to capture overlooked and often dismissed details.
Having worked as a commercial photographer in NYC for many years, my artistic energy has now shifted to creating this very fulfilling personal work.