I’m drawn to abstract expressions that go beyond a literal rendering of the mostly natural subjects I find intriguing. This attraction to abstraction began with a couple of “happy accidents” that occurred in-camera while shooting at some favorite beaches and gardens. Upon reflection, I found that they tapped into something deeper so I decided to fully embrace this approach and be open to where it takes me.
The journey has been fruitful and enlightening, filled with lots of discovery and experimentation. I aim to capture patterns, gestures and textures that have a bit of ambiguity and mystery, in a dynamic and engaging composition that bewilders you a bit, but in doing so engenders an emotional response.
On a deeper, perhaps more psychological, level I want to celebrate disorder and chaos, which confronts my natural predilection for control and definitiveness. With this mindset, I feel I’m embracing a photographic approach that is the antithesis of the early 20th century f64 photographers or the more recent photo-realist artists.
My full-time foray into photography is the fourth step in my passion-based professional life, which started in the world of advertising as a strategic planner. After a second master’s degree (in psychology and marketing), I transitioned into a highly fulfilling 9-year period as a clinical professor of marketing. From there I spent most of the last 4 years as an entrepreneur, trying to build a marketing-based software-as-a-service business, which was a valuable learning experience.