An out of town photographer in love with New York.
When I grew up a 1000 miles away, NYC was iconic, largely in black and white - too distant and different to imagine actually being there.
As the 60s became the 70s, NYC turned colorful, luridly and forbiddingly so.
Yet when I first visited the city (briefly in the mid 80s but then) for real in ’93, my experience of it was distinctly at odds with its reputation. I saw in NYC a beauty that enchanted and mesmerized me; I discovered that its beauty grows from the rich ground of its community of diverse artists.
I took up photography because I saw the iconography of my youth blossoming into a new reality of color, lines, textures, angles, and densely complex conjunctions of people, places and things. I wanted to capture with a camera what I was seeing and experiencing and how distinct it is from the bland and comfortable uniformity that often passes for beauty because it soothes rather than enriches.