Maybe I've been jaded by a lifetime of exposure to photographs but I've never wanted to create just another ordinary image. I did my first "double exposure" photo when I was 10 years old and I was hooked.
The biggest influences on my work are 20th Century Surrealist painters such as Dali, Ernst, De Chirico, Tanguey, and Sage. Photographers who I admire are Man Ray, Natalie Dybisz, Erwin Olaf and Guy Bourdin, amongst others. These artists are/were all very imaginative and creative and all carefully craft the scene that unfolds before the viewer well before the shutter clicks or paint hits the canvas.
And of course under Influences I must include my wife of 27 years, who I met in a painting class in 1979, and who I often collaborate with. I also have three sons who are my best and most trusted critics. Nothing goes to a client or is made public without their input.
It has been an interesting journey that took me from the Bronx photofinishing shop of my youth to a career creating fantastic scenes for fashion designers and commissioned portraits. What I’ve really learned over the years is how to ask the right questions and then find the correct resources to provide exceptional results.
My goal is to produce impossible images that delight and amaze my clients. I've been doing that consistently for years.
DIGITAL CLONING PHOTOGRAPHY
I grew up surrounded by photography. My father was an amateur photographer who, together with two of my uncles owned a photofinishing business in the Bronx. It also had a storefront that sold cameras, film, and supplies. This was old-school when you’d buy a roll of film, take your pictures, and then wait a week to have the film developed. But things were a little different for me.
I worked for my dad during school vacations, starting way before the age I could legally work anywhere. By the time I left for college I had viewed well over 2 million photos, some good, most bad (and yes, some well beyond a PG-13 rating), all while listening to my father and two uncles argue about photos and cameras all day long. That was my boot camp in photography. But the big opportunity for me was that I never had to pay for film, cameras, flash bulbs, or processing. And my dad provided free delivery and pickup with next day service. I shot photos (and 8mm movies) of everything and anything.
In college I earned a BA in Art from SUNY Binghamton, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. For years I experimented with various ways to blend technology into my artwork, and when high resolution digital photography came along it was the perfect medium for me.
Another stop on the journey was graduate school at MIT. MIT might seem to outsiders like it would be overrun with introverted bookworms but the reality is that it is full of talented and creative people passionate about building things that have never been built before. MIT is home to The Media Lab, where cutting edge media is being developed and commercialized, and its campus boasts monumental sculpture by artists such as Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, and Henry Moore.