From earliest childhood as an avid theater-goer, I have been consumed with the interactions of people, their emotional masks and subtexts and the environments and situations that define their lives. As I studied theater for many years, taught English and drama and directed plays (both traditional and experimental), observing humanity continued to be a consuming passion.
A similar perspective pervades my photography. In approaching portraiture, for example, I'm looking to capture the inner life of a person in unguarded moments and not a "flattering," air-brushed conformity that's so prevalent in studio photography. I am especially excited by the limitless range of natural lighting situations rather than the forced predictability and blandness that result from getting mired in technique.
In The Remains of the American Dream, the focus is on the personal devastation of the marginalized in society. The works are confrontational and didactic. They are an alienating reminder of a bleak world around us that we often prefer to shut out. I often find a certain elegiac poetry in the lives of the disenfranchised and hope to inspire compassion in the viewer.
Many of my images document the destruction and ravages of time left in the wake of progress. Abandoned and decaying buildings evoke a last glimpse of beauty before the wrecking ball strikes. The picture tells a story not only of what is, but of what was and what's to come. In recent years, I've exhibited my work at the Soho Photo Gallery in New York City, in Atlanta and in Florida at the University of Miami, Florida International University, the Boca Museum of Art, World and Eye, the Chris Lopez Gallery and the Artists' Guild Gallery in Delray Beach.
I am currently teaching photography at The Art School of The Boca Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Fl.