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'These fantasies are fact.' Carl Jung
I’m producing the art I had left in me when they took away my crayons in the second grade. It’s OF the child in me, and FOR the child in you. I call it “Quirky Deep.” “Quirky” is the first impression. You discover “deep” over time.
I deal with my conscious and unconscious, inner and outer world. We summons our inner world through reverie and reflection. Viewing my art silences the cacophony of the outer world. The viewer bounces between reason and emotion as various levels are revealed.
I’ve 'inherited' many images, which rest in my unconscious memory, from my careers in the visual fields, as a TV director, a photojournalist and a photojournalism professor. In each career, I was motivated to tell the truth.
I continue that quest with my digital abstract art. It’s abstract, but the concepts are no less realistic than news photography. I'm commenting on my life, to the world of the viewer.
I’m more determined now, with a life experience and greater self-strength than when they took those crayons. No one can rob ME of ME again.
You can see me discuss my art in a six minute video at http://steelmanpeople.wordpress.com/people.
I was a local television director for ten years in Norfolk, Va. and Atlanta, Ga. before switching to newspaper photojournalism in Atlanta. I moved to the Cincinnati Enquirer for twelve years. While at the Enquirer, from 1966 to 1978, I won 22 Ohio awards for photojournalism and two national awards, including a National Press Photographers Association award for best photo story coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings.
I did freelance photojournalism in Cincinnati from 1978 to 1983, primarily doing work for local hospitals and for Black Star Photo Agency in New York. My Black Star assignments have appeared in many national magazines including Time, People Weekly, TV Guide, US Magazine, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Barrons, Der Spiegel, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, etc.
I now do abstract digital imaging, since 2000. I have had 12 solo digital shows and 12 group shows in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
I hold Master's degree from the University of Cincinnati. I taught photojournalism at The Ohio State University School of Journalism and Communication from 1983 to 1998. I have been creating and showing digital abstract art since 2000. My digital art can be seen here and at www.studiohonline.com
1993 Ohio News Photographers Assoc. yearly Award.
1998 Outstanding graduate of Univ. of Cincinnati Department of Communication.
2004 Ohio Art League Service Award
2007 Inducted into the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalist Hall of Fame.
I have written over a dozen articles for various publications, on newspaper photojournalism. They include Editor&Publisher and News Photographer (National Press Photographers Assoc. magazine) and various national, state and regional photojournalism and academic publications.
I have consulted with newspapers in Alabama, Indiana, Kansas and Michigan on creative use of photography and photographers.
I live in Galloway, Ohio, a Columbus suburb, with my wife Ingrid, four dogs and a cat.