"I truly love to capture that brief moment of the day when the Divine bathes the landscape in a contemplative awe."
As graduate of the Rhode Island School of Photography, I work as a self employed commercial photographer based out of Meriden, CT. With an interest in photography that began in my youth, I continue to pursue my craft, which encompasses a blend of commercial and editorial assignments, portraiture and skillful portrayals of the areas finest nature, sea and landscape images.
With my nature landscape photographs, my work captures the light and details one might expect from a painting—which is no accident. I have long been inspired by the purity and innocence of the American landscape as portrayed by the 19th century Hudson River painters. I strive for that same warm light, the luminous or stormy skies, to invoke a charm or a mood.
My photographs often reveal the story of the landscape—its whisper of bygone days, the intrinsic cycles of nature. “Whispers of the Past”; a favorite tree and location on the Connecticut River invokes that soul and spirit of the Hudson River painters. The quiet, serene river mingles with a broken tree. It’s cracked branches and other natural elements invoke a spirit of bygone days, as well as the continuous cycle of change, death and regrowth that we cannot avoid or change.
I seek images that speak to the beauty that surrounds us, the coastal vistas and woodland spaces that are unique to my area. Viewing my photographs one can find a familiar kaleidoscope of colors, see the rising and setting sun, the harmony of sky and land, the collusion of rock and sea.
A favorite photo is “Silver Glade”, an image of trees in a blanket of fog photographed on a ridge in central Connecticut. It recently won the Salmagundi Club of NYC’s 2015 “Henry O’Connor Award” for excellence, portraying the gentler, quieter landscape of New England. In 2016 “Autumn’s Bouquet” was also recognized for excellence in it’s soulful portrayal of the natural landscape.
Always looking to glorify the beauty of nature, the natural landscape is certainly the photographic expression that “most makes my heart sing”. Especially gratifying is the successful capture of the powerful yet soothing effect that an image of water invokes or perhaps the frozen moment of nostalgia or the pastel palette of a serene morning sunrise. It is that voice of our landscape that I hope to capture in my photographs, “those intimate moments of our own landscapes” waiting to be revealed.
The landscape doesn’t necessarily reveal itself with cooperative ease. I often visit an area many times sensing it’s real beauty is hidden and is patiently awaiting the right moment to be revealed. My photographs are always the product of chasing the mood and atmosphere of the day. These moments often reveal what I never saw before and what I was always looking to find.
Throughout our daily life experience we are all often encountering these scenes and the emotional qualities they define, but all too often passes us by unnoticed. I consider my photographs are a success when the viewer can once again experience those innate qualities, moods and emotions that are embedded within the image.