I’ve been a photographer for a long time. My first camera was a Brownie, and I quite clearly remember sticking the “Easter Seals 1956” stamp on to the side. It’s still there.
It was 1998 when the photo bug hit me again, and by 2004 I was working full time as a photographer, but something was missing. The images were technically ok, but they weren’t conveying the FEELING I intended – or remembered from the day.
My metamorphosis into what I call “artist” began with a week long class I took with Illinois photographer Michael Barton, which opened my eyes to the possibilities of image enhancement. The magic he performed with textures and layers was magical, and I wanted more. And more.
Today, I take images from photographs that show “a thing” and massage them, tweak them, cajole them and sometimes destroy and rebuild them to show the FEELING I felt as I was taking the photo.
Where Shall We Go Today?
I am blessed to live in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, with countless gorges, lakes, waterfalls and wineries. People from all over the world come to visit to see these natural wonders and taste the fermented wonders. Restaurants, vineyards, entertainment, spectacular vistas – they’re all here.
Over the next months, I’ll be recounting my travel experiences with you, and sharing my photography and art inspired by those travels, whether local, national, or international. After all, these places are within reach. If I can get there, so can you.
And if an exotic destination or 5-star hotel falls across my path, so be it. I’ll cope.
Are you ready for an adventure? Let’s go!