My Vision

I prefer to work in black and white; it pares things back, setting a different mood, sharpening visual acuity, and allowing me to extract details hidden in otherwise ordinary, everyday scenes. 

Jonathan Swift said, “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” I believe that the art of truly seeing is making the invisible visible, and that’s what I try to do in my photography. I’m drawn to structures, geometry, and forms, both natural and fabricated, that provide function and beauty made visible through light and lens. 

But the work presented here isn’t just about the often exquisite fit of form and function. I also try to capture the visible and commonplace and portray it in ways that lend deeper awareness and understanding based on our lived experiences.  Like a good poem, you should find some part of yourself in a great photograph.  I try to leave something out so you can fill in the space.

My Journey

I’m trained as a cell biologist. I look through a microscope lens and see the world made large.  I look through a camera lens and see the world made small, only later to be enlarged by our imagination—mine and yours. 

Microscopists and photographers will tell you that the hidden figures in a cell structure or a cascading tree canopy are similar but at different scales. Even with my Celestron telescope, I can look to the heavens, as I did on a recent midnight astral shoot of the Milky Way, and see the dynamic patterns of trees, rivers, coastlines, and mountains.

In graduate school, I used electron microscopy. The extensive darkroom work required to process an EM image pushed photography into the center of my world as I watched images dramatically render in the developer tray. 

My academic career continued to revolve around imaging, moving from EM to the light microscope, then to the first scientific digital camera in the early 1990s, then to post-production via Photoshop, and finally to the challenges of digital printing. After academia, I spent 24 years working for Carl Zeiss Microscopy NA LLC, providing technical support to scientists as they chose the optimal optical imagining equipment for their research.

Shows:

2004 “View Through there Lens” Tevis Gallery, Carroll County Arts Council, Westminster MD

2005. “Art in the Park” Carroll County Arts Council, Westminster MD

2009  12th Annual Regional Juried Show, Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport MA

2010  13th Annual Regional Juried Show, Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport MA

2011  14th Annual Regional Juried Show, Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport MA

2012  15th Annual Regional Juried Show, Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport MA

2014   Juried show Falmouth Art Center

2022   Invite Creative Hands Gallery Osterville MA

2023   Pride Month Invite Creative Hands Gallery Osterville, MA

2023   Art Show Fund Raiser, West Falmouth Library, West Falmouth MA

2023   Wish You Were Here: Postcards from the Past. Cult Cntr Museums on the Green, Falmouth MA

Awards:

The Mildred Harton Award for Photography. 12th Annual Regional Juried Show Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport MA