The fantasy of The Grapes offered me solace in my journey through grief. Presented as a fairytale, the works reflect on our
yearning for a return to childhood when faced with catastrophe and ultimately, the wonder of imagination and its ability to heal.
I received a BFA in Painting and Photography from Cornell University and continued with graduate studies at Brooks Institute of Photography, before launching a career in photography that spans almost 30 years.
The bulk of my early professional career was spent in New York City, focusing on advertising and editorial photographic illustration and working with such clients as US News and World Report, Forbes, Parenting Magazine, Hallmark, Penguin Books, and Simon and Schuster. From abstract concepts to products, people, special events, and everyday life, I've photographed just about everything - and been fortunate enough to have my images published all over the world.
Photography demands attention to so many things at once. It requires equal parts of science, design, light, timing, anticipation, accident and, when photographing people, psychology and vulnerability. Even so, there’s always an element of play. What if I open up a stop, swing the rear standard, pump up the fill light, get closer? What perfect moment can I find?
In 30 years, I've never been lost with my camera, never wondered what to do next, where to look next, what to see next. That kind of certainty is rare in life, and I'm grateful to have found it so long ago.