I know this is a difficult time for all of us. Trying to carry on with some sense of normalcy is difficult if not impossible. But please, follow the guidelines, wear a mask, social distance, do it for yourself, do it for your friends & family. We will make it to the other side together! To get through this, I've thrown myself into my work. Here's what I've been up to.
People talk of a thing called “flow”. When you are doing something that takes you away, you forget everything else. That's flow. Sometimes it’s called “being in the zone”. If you've experienced it, it's almost like a transcendental focus on what you are doing. It happens to me when I go out and shoot. I forget time, where I am, or if anyone is around me. Hours and miles pass unnoticed. I’m focused on light, shadow, faces, scenes. Thats what I see each time I press the shutter, I imagine life through the viewfinder.
This is my happy place. I want to stay there forever.
For me, a great photograph is one that when viewed, you see something different each time. Maybe you notice the way the shadow falls, the grain of the wood, a wrinkle on a face, something new, something small that surprises you. Thinking of images this way is a big part of my editing process.
When it comes time to edit the images, distance, measured in time gives me a fresh perspective on my work, I tend to be very self-critical.
Often, I’ll find an image I like, do a little editing, then file it away. I let it sit for a while and then go back and look at it with fresh eyes.
Later, when I go to review these images, it only works when I can say to myself, “That's a great one!”. That's a good feeling, a job well done. It doesn’t happen often; in creative work confidence can be elusive. You have to appreciate the victories when you can.
I was always interested in photography. I started when I was just a wee lad in Pennsylvania, and continued after I arrived in NYC in 1980. At that time, it wasn’t so much a career, more of a passion. After while I found myself doing paid commercial work. I had a studio on East 14th Street in NYC. It paid the bills, but it was just work. Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, press conferences, business meetings, you name it, I did it. But it wasn’t what I wanted to do.
It was during those early years in NYC, from 1989 - 1998, I began working on “the AIDS activist project” which was published in 2018. This was a personal milestone for me; a culmination of my experience with AIDS and AIDS activism, producing a book of beautiful and powerful images.
(The book is available on this site or at amazon.com. I will write more about that in another post.)
Now, for the the newest phase of my photography. I’ve set up an online gallery featuring some of the best (and my favorite) images from my portfolio. Right now I have a selection of those images available for purchase. I will be adding more images as the days and weeks go by.