Ocean Grove, New Jersey is a small seaside town with streets full of early 19th Century Victorian homes. The colorful houses with intricate trim are known as Painted Ladies or Gingerbread Houses, and seem to fit with the bright coastal environment. Ocean Grove was founded by Methodists in 1869 as part of the camp meeting movement sweeping the U.S.A at the time.
I’ve been capturing images that tickle my brain ever since my parents handed me my first camera in 4th grade- a well-loved old Brownie Starflex. My “thing” is lighting—the more natural, the better. Back-lighting and worm’s-eye-views have become near-obsessions. As an art major at Goshen College years ago, the best advice I got there from a favorite professor was to “Play with it!”... sage advice which I still follow today. This may mean lying down in a ditch to see some brown-eyed Susans from below, and there’s the fun.
My greatest joy in photography is its way of etching moments in my memory. That singular ray of light or fabulous color which would otherwise get forgotten becomes like an old friend when I process or view the image...
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