A keen photographer since childhood, I was first inspired by my grandfather’s stereoscopic slides, which often won prizes from camera clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area. During high school and college, I was moved by the work and daybooks of Edward Weston and spent a whole summer’s earnings on a 4x5 view camera and moved to Paris for a year, where I photographed the Marais before its demolition and then hitchhiked throughout Europe, lugging my equipment in a jury-rigged canvas backpack. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, I taught English and photography in New Jersey and ran a small side business out of the school’s darkroom doing portraiture and event photography. I then spent most of the ‘90s and ‘00s teaching in San Francisco, where I embarked on a long project photographing the roadscapes of the Point Reyes Peninsula. In 2007 my wife and I moved to New York City to continue our professions in independent schools and bought an old farmhouse in Columbia County. I have since devoted myself to forms of street photography, both in the city and in small towns upstate.
As befits my divided urban and rural life, I am currently working on two projects – a street series, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” portraying visitors to museums and public monuments and a farm series focused on fairs, agricultural shows, and auctions in Hudson Valley and northwest England. The museum project was showcased with an interview in Inspired Eye #53 and was my focus in a four person group show at the Kennektid X galley in NYC in March 2018.. It was also the runner-up in the street photography category of the 11th Pollux awards and will be shown at the Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography in Barcelona in October 2018. Part of the rural series was recognized for Black & White Magazine’s Spotlight award and will be featured as an article and portfolio in the December 2018 issue.