About Me

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I am a fine art photographer living in the Back Bay, known for photographing Boston’s parks and historic buildings. My aim is to bring new life to old architecture, and to show places and things people pass every day in a new way.

I only shoot with natural lighting, with a 35mm SLR, do not use any digital manipulation. All photographs are shot on Fuji film and printed in the darkroom.

Taking pictures was a hobby of mine when I was a kid–I received my first camera as a gift at my 8th grade graduation. Just a point & shoot. I loved it, took tons of pictures, all the way through college.

When I graduated from BU, I went to Bromfield Camera and bought myself a used 35 mm SLR– a Minolta x-370.  I still use this model of camera in fact, although I am on my third camera body. (They no longer make it now.) If you ever took a photography class, it is like a Pentax K-1000. Very basic. No autofocus, no motor drive. It does have a light meter and aperture priority, that’s it for features.

I was a Psychology major in college; I did not study art at all. After graduation, I took a lot of night classes at the New England School of Photography in Kenmore Square. First I learned f-stops and shutter speeds. Then I learned how to print black and white, then print in color. I was hooked!  I still use their darkrooms– I rent by the day whenever I want to go print. Occasionally I have Colortek print me a photo– if someone orders something I don’t have and they are in a hurry, and when clients order mural-size photos; but the photos you see at a show or in my gallery were all hand-made by me.

I started my business in 1998. I do art shows all year long, such as the Beacon Hill Art Walk and the Boston Arts Festival.  I also have work in galleries and stores in Boston and the suburbs. I license rights to use my photos in publications such as books, magazines, information pamphlets, and greeting cards. I have many corporate clients as well.
I will resist going digital as long as I can. I still see a difference in the prints–what I make in the darkroom vs. digital prints. Plus I enjoy the darkroom; I like watching the photos come out, making the
decisions on how it will look. When it’s made by my hands, it feels like “Art”.  Yes, it’s time consuming, but I believe it’s worth it!

All photographs are processed in a traditional darkroom and hand printed on archival paper by the artist. They are all originals–none are digital prints, and none have any digital manipulation. All images were taken with available, existing light, shot with Fuji film and a very basic 35mm Minolta SLR camera body. All color images are printed on Fuji Crystal Archive photo paper, and all black and white on Ilford.
The night photographs are long exposures, taken using a tripod. There are people walking through all of the pictures (The Faneuil Hall picture was shot at 5 pm on a weekday). In a long exposure, anything moving doesn’t show up. You will notice the light trails from headlights and taillights, but you will not see the cars. (The lights are bright enough to register on film, but the cars, like people, are not bright enough.) If you look closely, you will see a few ghosts—people who stopped briefly, so as to vaguely appear.

 

I’m also involved with several organizations that promote local art:
Artists Crossing, owner/ founder
Beacon Hill Art Walk, Committee Member
United South End Artists, Board of Directors
Holiday Art Sale in Beacon Hill, Founder/Coordinator
Art Fridays, Co-Founder