About the Photographer
|I was born in
the early 1950s in Savannah, Georgia which is on the southeastern coast
of the United States. In 1975 I completed college with a Bachelor of
Arts degree cum laude in English, but I had known since my sophomore year
that I would become a photographer rather than a novelist as I had
wanted when I began my studies. I came of age in the 1960s which was an
exciting, turbulent time in America. A lot of what happened in that
decade affected me as a person, and subsequently as an artist.
I am self-taught in photography. Neither of the two colleges that I attended had at the time photography departments or even offered any photography courses. The closest I came to finding something related to my eventual profession were two art history courses and an economics class. But the lack of formal training never mattered to me because I was driven to find my own way in photography. Almost from the start I wanted to approach it from an artistic viewpoint instead of a purely commercial one. Had I taken academic courses I believe I would have been adversely affected.
Photography has fortuitously suited my lifestyle, being
as I am creative, romantic, and not inclined to
I still work only with film. I don't use digital
cameras. I process all of my black-and-white film myself. And I
produce all of my prints individually by hand in a traditional
darkroom. Any handcoloring is done solely by me. I use no assistants in
either my photography sessions or darkroom work. I am aware that photography
has evolved into digital captures. I intend to resist that and remain a
traditionalist with my old-fashioned darkroom. Just as handtinting died
out long ago that is occurring now to film and darkroom processes. I am
more of an artist than a commercial photographer so I
will be one of those
people who strives to keep traditional methods alive. This
resolve inadvertently helps set my work further apart from other
photographers who are producing their images by digital
It has always been an incredibly difficult struggle to present artistic nude photographic imagery, notably in the Deep South where I am based. The South, and specifically Savannah, Georgia, has not been supportive of much of my artistic endeavors. I began creating my photography in the early 1970s in an unreceptive artistic environment. Few people had any concept of or encouragement for what I was starting to create. I accepted that then and now.
I gradually realized
that most people did not even consider photography to be a valid art
I found better acceptance away from Savannah in major national photography publications and art galleries in other cities. A lot of time and effort goes into those pursuits and I am a one-person operation without an agent or manager to assist me. In the last decade or so in Savannah there have been a few local galleries with owners who were not only willing to represent me but who supported my efforts with words of encouragement.
I live a life of an artist in a world I began creating apart from the general rat race when I was in my 20s. It has always been paramount to me to stay true to myself and not compromise my ideals. I am idealistic with a tendency to dream. I am a vegetarian who practices Buddhism. It should be apparent that I appreciate women and am dedicated to creating and preserving beauty using my cameras and darkroom techniques.
The type of photography I specialize
in has frequently been misunderstood or maligned in our culture. I
I'm not very computer literate, but
in keeping with my habit of
solitary independence I have created this
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