I am a freelance editorial, documentary and fine art photographer who resides and works in Mentor, OH. I have won many awards for my photography and have had work published in a number of books, magazines and on television. I also work part-time as a Photographic Specialist at Dodd Camera in Mentor and I teach photography for Dodd Camera and the Cleveland Photographic Society.
My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
The camera serves as a portal for me to view common sites in an uncommon way. It enables me to see, and point out to others, the beauty, irony, interest, humor and sometimes the ugliness of the world we live in. I hope my images bring a realization to others that common things in life are often worth more than a glance, they are often worth a second glance.
My images will provide you with that second glance of the mundane, humorous, common-place, and sometimes ugly or painful aspects of our world with the intent of helping you also take the time to notice the dignity, beauty and adaptability that is evident in each.