- ABOUT ME
- That’s me there on the left. Wearing my best suit. Twenty some years later I would develop my first image in the same darkroom that this picture of me as child was developed in.
- ME TODAY
- I am an artist, fascinated by places that embody bygone industry. Places that are suspended in time- a suspension that disorients, that accentuates the visual.
I grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, hometown of what was once the second largest steel company in the world, Bethlehem Steel. Bethlehem was a mill town that could measure its successes by the inches of ash on its townspeople’s windowsills. And, it was work at the steel mill that brought my Windish ancestors to America. My grandfather worked at the mill for 36 yrs until his death. Many years later, I would be drawn to the dormant black mammoth-like beast. My fascination with the Bethlehem Steel site began on a bike ride in late November, 2003. The low, autumnal light casting dramatic shadows across its ruins caught my eye compelling me to traverse to and around the fences edge. I was captured . The play of light as it filters through a time ravaged labyrinth of an industrial site continually excites my photographer's eye. Its haunted shadowed darkness hinted at a presence under the patina of dissipation and decay, a presence imploring my attention. What a wonderful muse the Bethlehem Steel site has been for me.
- ABSTRACT PORTRAITS OF STEEL 2004-2010
- These portraits were inspired by my exploration of the defunct Bethlehem Steel site, which engendered a desire in me to share the hidden, ephemeral beauty of these industrial ruins, too often seen merely as repulsive brownfields.
- SLATE ABSTRACTS 2009-2010
- While exploring abandoned mining equipment at a slate quarry, I noticed as I brushed by large piles of slate, some interesting patterns caused by the flaking, fracturing and cleavage of the slate. I took a few photos. Later, in contemplating the shots, I wondered might there be some really interesting patterns, and returned to rummage.
I love rocks!
- THE YARDS 2010
- INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPES 2006-2010 Shot with Linhof Technorama 617
- Defunct sites in repose- dreaming.
- ICE FORMS
- I have always been intrigued as a child by melting ice; changes of a state. I have melded part of that fascination in this project. I enjoy the play with color and the elements of design, along with the serendipity with how the melting ice will form. This project is something that I enjoy shooting when I need lightness and contrast from the eerie and hauntingly beautiful worlds I often enter.
- FUTURE PLANS
- To devote more time to personal projects, and less to ancillary activities. I am currently working on a book of the Industrial Landscapes, as I continue my exploration of related industrial sites throughout the Northeast. I have new projects that I am working on, one is “Betula Alba” the first stage will be exhibited in 2011.
- As with many roads, my journey thus far has been full with its twist and turns and if it wasn’t for very dear people along the way I may be doing something else, and I can’t fathom that. A very special thanks to many. Perhaps not the appropriate place to mention family and names, but if you are one of them and are reading this you know, because I am sure I let you know and feel it in person. But, just in case I didn’t… Whether you fed me with GREAT food, camera gear or inspiration, exposing me to great art, music, film and literature, or simply listened to me and all my ideas, or sat there and looked at photos with me as I brimmed over with excitement…especially my first shots at the Bethlehem Steel, or you are one my fellow photographer friends who journey with me. Thank you!!! And, not least, not last, my professors, all of them have been influential, some for the better, some for the worse, but the worse may be better too. Whether it was my teacher for Drawing, Isadore La Duca, with his patience and acceptance at my unusual approach to drawing, where I was deathly afraid to draw the perfect line, instead I formed my images using shapes and blocks of color. I also had a natural tendency to invert light and dark, making what was dark light and what was light dark, like a negative. Or, teachers like Leslie Fletcher, who were the complete opposite, who tolerated nothing and pushed you to exceed your own self-imposed limitations, and teachers like Bernie Seuss, my first photography teacher, who did not let the technicalities of photography, stifle my excitement and passion. Two of my professors, have gone beyond the role of teacher, serving as mentors along the way, Tom Shillea, Director of Arts, at NCC, and John Latimer, former photography teacher at RIT, now full-time professor at Appalachian State University. You are ALL wonderful! Thanks for being a part of my life. And, a special thanks to my parents and brother for a magical childhood.