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With a background in painting, graphic arts and photography, my current work combines all three. They're neither true photographs, nor true paintings, but a synthesis of original photos and elements from all three disciplines, and any number of special treatments I've given them.
I deconstruct an original photo, and re-assemble it--deliberately leaving things out--while including elements from altogether different images. I may add paint strokes or pastel highlights, for added luminance. Being a texture-freak, I never miss an opportunity to capture the essence of stone, concrete, peeling paint, fabric, and just about anything that's rusted, cracked, crazed or crumpled.
I'm fascinated by shadows and reflections---and how in normal settings, our brains tend to filter reflections out, favoring a simple, recognizable two-dimensional image. Think about how your brain protects you when you're driving wet streets at night; and how it automatically downplays and filters all the chaotic reflections---allowing you to stay focused on just the essential cars, signs and traffic lights.
I like to play with the parts of an image that would ordinarily go unobserved, and create a tension between the expected an unexpected. I always know that my best opportunities will be at dawn or sunset---right about when my own goofy shadow is forty feet long. I love how shadows reveal an alter-reality to what appears to be a fairly normal subject, as I look for ways to exaggerate and accentuate their effect on a subject. Most of my still life images rely heavily on shadows and reflections for depth, balance and atmosphere.
FINDING ART IN CHAOS
Because my eye is always searching for textures to photograph, I sometimes find surfaces that contain amazing, completely accidental compositions all by themselves. Such was the basis for a number of my abstracts that I discovered melded into the floor of a college art studio where students had been dripping, smearing and spattering paint for at least 50 years. There is almost always something valuable right under my nose---or under my feet. More than once people have wondered who this guy is that gleefully snaps photo after photo of everything that shouldn't be photographed.