I’m a Pennsylvania-based photographer working in classic film and darkroom techniques.
I use three film cameras:
a hand-built Phillips 8x16” ultra-large-format view camera, a 1940s-era 4x5” field view camera outfitted with modern lenses, and a medium-format Hasselblad. I work with only the available light and no distortion filters or digital altering. Images are printed by me in a traditional wet darkroom. Although I’m an aerospace engineer & mathematician by training I prefer using film, feeling more of a connection with the cameras and darkroom.
I grew up on a farm in central Pennsylvania and moved to California after getting a degree in aerospace engineering. Unfortunately that’s also when I discovered I’d rather be a photographer than a rocket scientist. I spent the next 6 years photographing on the side before resigning in 1992 to become a full-time photographer. I lived and photographed near Yosemite for 4 years before moving to a rural Pennsylvania farm where I live with my family and several rescued animals.
Selected Awards & Exhibitions:
2013 Portraits Exhibition, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado
First Prize, Photography: Art of the State', State Museum, Harrisburg, PA, 2012
'Black & White Photography,' Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, VT 2011
Merit Award (Landscape/Nature), Black & White Magazine, Single Image Contest 2011
Semi-finalist, ‘Hasselblad Masters’ Copenhagen, Denmark 2008
Mid-Atlantic Juried Exhibition, Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA 2007
Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite, California Fall 1998
Grand Prize, Natural World Photography Competition, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1994