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I was born in Bainbridge, NY, grew up in the Binghamton area, graduated from Ithaca High School, and was an English major at Harpur College (now part of Binghamton U.). After college I pursued a Master's degree at Penn State, then married and moved to New York City, where I worked as a writer and editor, took a Ph.D. in English, and taught college courses. Later I started a New Jersey marketing firm, Conrad Direct, Inc., from which I am presently semi-retired. I live with my wife and adult daughter in Ithaca, NY, and Tenafly, NJ.
There is a tension for any artist between the needs for originality on the one hand and beauty on the other. I value originality slightly more than beauty. I try to take pictures others have not taken, unfamiliar views of familiar subject matters. If you might see a photograph on a postcard, it's not something I want to reproduce. Rather, the camera is a paint brush for me, and more an instrument of psychological and compositional expression than a device for recording physical reality and beauty. My aesthetic is strongly influenced by 20th century modernist painters and sculptors, especially the cubists and expressionists, and by numerous photographers including Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Charles Sheeler, and Miroslav Tichy. These photographers all manage to convey a sense of a world beyond us or an altered state of mind by small adjustments and deviations from the realist norms.
Also, the influence of Henri Cartier-Bresson upon all who practice street photography cannot be overstated.
In my current efforts, my photographs tend to veer between hyperkinetic or chaotic scenes, on the one hand, and balanced, serenely still compositions on the other. Often the more energetic compositions have a point of stillness at their heart.
In addition to UAG, where I have been a member since 2008, I have exhibited at the State of the Art and CSMA galleries in Ithaca, Cooperstown Art Association, Wurtsboro Art Alliance, Image City Photography Gallery (Rochester), Art Center of Northern New Jersey, and Edward Hopper House (Nyack). Several of my photos of The Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square have been featured on a Flickr page linked from that church's website.
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