Friday, December 30, 2005

South Vietnam


An old photo displayed a new way, thanks to computer magic.

Rock Creek State Park, Md.

Philadelphia, Pa.

Fort Smith, Ark.

Philadelphia, Pa.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Gainesville, Fl.

Cherry Hill, Nj.

Philadelphia, Pa.

Philadelphia, Pa.

Philadelphia, Pa.

Cherry Hill, Nj

Fort Smith, Ark.

Springfield, Mo.


Senior Citizens Talent Show

Gainesville, Fl.


Carnival

Gainesville, Fl.


Carnival

Springfiled, Mo.


Bentley Brothers Circus

Gainesville, Fl.


Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Gainesville, Fl.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Cherry Hill, NJ

Cherry Hill, NJ


Sometimes all you have to do is find your stage and wait for the actors to pass through.

Willingboro, NJ

Philadelphia, PA


North Philadelphia dog patrol

Philadelphia, PA


South Street in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, PA


A Revolutionary War statue and a political speaker share the stage and a similiar gesture behind Independance Hall in Philadelphia. This small detail provides the narrative motif that drives this photograph.

Philadelphia, PA


There are times when I come upon a situation that seems like it is already frozen in time, like shooting a group of mannequins in a store window. Photographing this seemingly frozen group of people almost seemed unnecessary. They remained in this weird ensemble for what seemed like an unnaturally long time.

Mt. Pleasant, SC


Take a parking lot sign at a south carolina televsion station, add an array of TV satellite communication dishes located next door, then take a long careful look at the two juxtaposed together in the same frame and what have you got? I have to admitt that when I saw that humorous connection in my own mind, I shot the picture right out my car window.

Sullivan's Island, SC


Pictures can happen when you least expect them. A dog barking at you from behind a fence is usually more annoying than interesting.

Pisa, Italy


Chance and a bit of stalking produced this captured moment. I was carefully following the tour guide and watching her ever-present umbrella, noticing how similiar it was to the tower and trying to work the two into my camera frame. At some point another hand and arm shot into my view and I made the picture. Later I discovered that through the magic of photography I had managed to take the lean out of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Cherry Hill, NJ


During the First Gulf War I photographed a series of patriotic events that were held in and around South Jersey in support of the troops and the war effort. As a Vietnam Veteran I had mixed feelings about these events. Staged public events often have a way of providing odd juxtapositions that create visual narratives that are somehow out of sync with those events.

Micanopy, Florida


The details in this straight on enviornmental portrait of a man who has lived his entire life in this rural North Florida community says it all. This is not a "decisive moment" picture, but rather a penetrating look taken with care and time, the sum result of which telling more than the individual visual parts.

Norristown, PA


Chance plays a wonderful part in photography. You start to capture one thing and something else rolls up on his bike and changes the visual narrative forever. I have learned to accept these "gifts" from the Gods of chance as a natural part of the order of things.

Raiford Prison, Florida


Accidents of light can make a picture. I've learned to sort of go with the flow and let pictures sometimes "find" me.

Guatemala City


Guns and politics went hand in hand in Central America during the 1980's. I discovered, quite by accident, there was more than one way to shoot a speech in a public square. You should never go into a situation with preconceived notions as to what you are looking to photograph. Instead, you should quiet your mind and allow your eyes to do the talking.

Mummers Parade


Every year that I shoot the annual Philadelphia Mummers Parade the light and weather conditions seem to dictate what kinds of images I capture. Every year is different.

Paris France


Garry Winogrand once said that there is nothing more ambiguous than a fact clearly stated. I agree.

Florence Italy


Sometimes visual narrative is all a matter of point of view. Move slightly to the left or right, or leave out the sign...well, the whole thing could fall apart and the joke would be lost.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Fort Dix, NJ


Minor White used to challange his students to photograph things, not for what they were, but for what they also were.

Longport, NJ


I think the Jersey Shore is more interesting during the off season. Then you can search for the artifacts that provide the telling details that represent the people who crowded it's shore during the tourist season.

Grounds for Sculpture


Over the years, my photographic mantra has been to try and render the banal into the visually strange. So how do you convert a subject matter like sculpture, which is already visually unique and different, into something that is as powerful a visual message in photographic terms?

Jackson, NJ


Color has it's own unique visual power, different from black and white. It's often difficult to preserve narrative content without the color getting in the way. Sometimes the two can work in concert.

Camden, NJ


For me there are two levels of narrative involved in the making of a photographic image. There is the narrative that surrounds the moment captured on film and then there is the story captured in the frame of the picture. If it works right, the story in the final frame is the more profound of the two.

Mummers Parade


Garry Winogrand used to say he photographed things to see what they looked like photographed. His approach to photography was a way of celebrating the notion that the photographic process had a way of transforming reality rather than merely depicting it.

Philadelphia



There are moments when you know that you have captured something significant on film. Those moments are, for a photographer, like a Satori moment to a Zen practitioner.