first thing you need to know is that I'm a photographer with
lousy vision. I was born very nearsighted, only partially correctable
as in "Don't let me drive your car." Whether it be through ignorance,
stubbornness or over-compensation, I guess you could say I've "blindly"
refused to face the facts.
As a kid, I may have been attracted to photography
because it could
extend my visionbring things closer so I could see the details. But
then I discovered I could use it to see things people with good vision
couldn't. Now that was satisfying!
Turns out the truth is, when it comes to photography,
how well you see
has only a little to do with how well you "see." For me, it's more
about the other kind of "vision." It's about light, composition, form,
simplicity. It's about capturing and conveying those elusive moments
that tell little storiesor suggest an essence, a mood, a message or a
While I do enjoy shooting abstracts and strong, simple
graphics, I think
my best images have some kind of twistthey're a bit ambiguous or pose
questions, leaving room for the viewer to join in. The photographs shown
here are all examples.
Most of my work is spontaneous and unplanned. I put
myself in an
interesting place. and I let the light and my eye lead me to a subject.
It almost doesn't matter what subject. Then the fun begins. Shooting
handheld, I get this energizing, kid-like curiosity goingkind of a
highthat helps me see things in new and sometimes odd ways. I look
closer, ask what if?, crawl on my belly, jiggle the camera. It's way
too much fun and should probably be illegal.
I'm almost embarrassingly low-tech when it comes to my
gear and film
stock. I shoot regular, old Kodak or Fuji negative, and work with an
ancient, beat up, manual Minolta SRT 101 from the early 70's with three
basic lensesa 28mm, a 55mm and a 135mm. Throw in a couple polarizing
filters and the occasional close up lens, and that's the rig. It's not
that I don't like the toys. It's just I've learned that most good
photography has little to do with equipment or film stock.
I've been shooting stills since I got that first
Brownie Hawkeye as a
kid, and although I've taken a few classes over the years, I've mostly
learned by doing, viewing, and frankly, screwing up. I can't really
point to any specific influencesother than my close photographer
friend, Stephen Kopels, who, years ago, helped me "see the light."
Now, after 40 years of shooting, mostly for my own
recently come out of the closetphotographically speaking. My web site
at http://www.abproductions.com and this
exhibit space at Pomegranates
is a beginning. While I've had a few local shows over the years, in the
future, I hope to exhibit much moreboth on the web and in
and to explore the possibilities of digital photography.
Meanwhile I plan to continue letting my camera and my
lead me to new ways of seeing the world. Hopefully, my photographs will
help viewers remember what lives just beyond our daily