about me

I’m a Pennsylvania-based photographer working in classic film and darkroom techniques. 

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Artist Statement


Technical:

I use three film cameras: 
a hand-built Phillips 8x16” ultra-large-format view camera, a 4x5” field view camera, 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. I prefer using film, feeling more of a connection with the cameras and darkroom. 

Bio:

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 many rescued animals.

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Selected awards & exhibitions


Royal Photographic Society, International Print Competition, London, England 2014

Solo exhibition, Hard Coal, Hoyt Center for the Arts, New Castle, PA 2014

Selected for the New York Times Portfolio Review, NYC 2014. Reviewers: James Estrin, NY Times; Amy Wolff, PDN; Alison Nordstrom.

Hoyt Center for the Arts, Mid-Atlantic Juried Exhibition, New Castle, PA 2013, 2007 

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

Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite, California Fall 1998

Grand Prize, Natural World Photography Competition, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1994

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interviews

  • Short video interview with me for the 2018 Saint Louis Art Fair’s Meet the Artists series

  • Interview by Farm Sanctuary with me and other photographers who do volunteer work there including Isa Leshko, Derek Goodwin, Aaron Rosapepe, Vee Hertel, and Lesley Marino.