My involvement with photography as an
art form stemmed from doing photos for newspapers and magazines when I was a writer/editor. I've shot sports and landscape
photography since the late 1970's, and have also done female figure photos (artistic nudes) for the same amount of time.
But it was my involvement with the hand-manipulation of Polaroids that really set the artistic wheels in motion, starting
about 1996. Since 1999, I've had 11 one-man art gallery shows of my Polaroids from Pennsylvania and Delaware to Key West,
Florida. My work has been featured nationwide on CBS Sunday Morning and USA Today and in major publications like
the Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Times, WHERE Washington, and the Wilmington (DE)
News Journal. The Polaroid art, as well as emerging work in digital photography, continues to gain interest
from art galleries.
As a young boy, my mother used to take
me to art galleries. She herself was a painter, but I seemed to lack the skills to pull that off. Instead, I brought my deep
love of art (notably French Impressionism) to the world of photography. It started with photo classes at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill and continued on with my work as a journalist with various newspapers and magazines.
I was a sports writer, so doing photos of sporting events came naturally. I was fortunate enough to get great photos of
Michael Jordan and other UNC basketball players from courtside photo shoots. But sports was not enough, and I also took great
pleasure in doing photos of nature, landscapes, flowers and wildlife -- which I do to this day.
I've also done
female figure photography (artistic nudes) and feel that, as a society, we Americans need to come to the same appreciation
of the human form in art and photos as the Europeans. Female and male forms have been beautifully captured in paintings, scultpures
and photos for many, many years in art and I'm just trying to carry on that tradition.
When I started doing
my hand-manipulated Polaroids in the late '90's, I drew a great amount of media attention to the art form. CBS Sunday
Morning did a nationwide piece about me, as did USA Today. Numerous major newspapers and magazines also did stories
about my art work and ran my photos.
I've had 11 one-man art gallery shows and will continue to have them,
hopefully for years to come.