I love the arts - all of them! I have painted, played instruments, written songs, sung, danced and photographed. Years ago when I was training at the Dalcroze School of Music and studying intervals, a drip in the bathtub faucet suddenly became a sequence of pitches. That's because music was my focus and passion at the time. Now that I am concentrating on the seen/scene, I look at everything with a photographer's eye and discover images everywhere.
When I was 10, I was given a Brownie camera – the little brown box kind. It was frustrating to me because I could never get close enough to my subject to the get the picture I wanted, but that didn’t stop me from taking them! Later on I bought an old heavy metal Nikkormat and purchased a set of close-up lenses – then I was in heaven! Now that I’ve gone digital I have a variety of lenses but I find I still tend to zero in on particular elements of a scene rather than the whole scene – the trees instead of the forest. You will find that many of my images are “portraits” whether of elements in nature, people, animals or birds. In the past year I have been working with landscapes, especially scenes from the Hudson Valley where I spend much time hiking and photographing. My photography is ever evolving and the journey is what keeps me interested and gives me much joy.
New York City and the Hudson Valley are my primary hunting grounds, although I take images almost daily wherever I find myself, from the Olympic Peninsula to Maine. Central Park is a major bird flyway, and spring and fall migrations provide many opportunities to spend time with them and attempt to capture their personalities.
The city is host to a number of wonderfully creative events and parades, including the Halloween Parade, the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, the Gay Pride Parade and the Easter Parade (not really a parade, more of a milling around), to name just a few of my favorites. And of course the street scene is endlessly fascinating – never a dull moment!
Photography focuses me, draws me in and inspires me. I hope you find some of those qualities in the images themselves.
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