Black and white photographs have always had an hypnotic effect on me. When I was a garbage man (sanitation engineer) working to pay for my undergraduate art degree at Ohio State University, I was shocked at how many families would throw away boxes of old black and white pictures of family members. Usually they were faded black and white photos of a person who passed away. I kept the black & white photos I found in the trash and have them to this day!
Black and white photographs were not my first choice of media as an artist. Although I studied to be an art teacher, performance artist, ceramist, and painter, I was always interested in old black and white photographs. I saw the slightly out of focus, grainy, faded images as more dreamy, mysterious, and romantic than modern color photos or clear, sharp black and white photos. The older photos seem more like memories, visions, or remembered dreams. I give my Infrared and non-infrared black and white photos those same qualities that very old photographs have.
Using traditional chemical film or digital imaging, I create the black and white prints that are presented on this website. The images are processed using a digital darkroom and printed by me in my studio. Scanning negatives creates some of the images and some images are completely digital from beginning to end. All of the prints are labeled, dated, and signed by me.
I photograph areas of Florida, (mostly Vizcaya, an Italian Renaissance style villa, on Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida) and North Carolina (Mainly Asheville and the Smoky Mountains area), Tennessee, (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Severville). I include some black and white images of New Hampshire, and Maine (Exeter, New Hampshire and Ogunquit, Maine) for good measure.
These images for sale are black & white photography printed by myself on Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper using archival inks. My black and white fine art photography is sold either double matted or double matted and framed with black wood and glass. All matting materials are acid free.
As a Floridian, I choose to exhibit and sell black and white photographs mostly of Florida and North Carolina because of the strong attraction both states have for Floridians. My late wife, Joan, introduced me to the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge in North Carolina and Tennessee. We traveled there almost every year of our 28 years together. I will be forever grateful to her for that inspiration and much more.