The artist as a young man - circa 1978
I've been selling my photographs
professionally for over 30 years. I started in the 1970ís when I
specializing in basketball, and was staff photographer for the ABA New York
Nets. I also sold stock through The Image Bank stock agency
for over 20 years. For the past 27 years I've been selling my art photography at
juried art shows throughout the country. Those images can be seen on
fine art web site. Relatively new to computers
(since 1998) I immediately was taken by the creative aspects of
digital imaging and formed an understanding for the promotional
opportunities that the web had to offer. I designed and implemented a few
conceptual web sites like
where your choice of 20 different graphics programs can be compared in
side by side windows for their ability to create compressed Jpegs. I also
created a digital jury test web site
for the art show industry where artists can be juried from anywhere in the
world and jury scores and jurors comments can be submitted by a form
through e-mail. Aside from my web design, I do beta testing for Adobe Photoshop
and ACDSee. My latest body of work is shot digitally and can be
seen at AlternatePhoto.com. In the last three years
my photography has
gone entirely digital and lately I've been shooting commercial
assignments with the CoolPix 5000 and 5700. I've also started selling
my CoolPix 5000 images for stock to Nikon's advertising agency.
I started creating digital infrared photographs as research
for an article which appeared in the February 2002 issue of
Shutterbug Magazine authored by
Chris Maher and myself.
Using an 88A filter on a digital camera that has infrared sensitivity
allowed me to produce true infrared images. Due to the sensitivity of the
camera, the images can be seen clearly on the LCD screen. This is
different from shooting infrared in a 35mm film camera where the focus and
exposure is arrived at through trial and error, not knowing the results
until examination of the developed film.
I then took this a step further by using combinations of color filters
on the camera lens that allow only a narrow band of color to be recorded
by the camera. The wide range of colors in the finished images is produced
by the varying amounts of light hitting the subjects. It's particularly
visible in the shadows where the bright sunlight turns to shade. In some
of the darker pictures, you can actually see things that are invisible to
the naked eye.
Though created digitally, these images are still recorded through light
that the camera sees and are printed through conventional means on Fuji
Crystal Archive paper with a 60-year life expectancy.
An evolution of my initial style of color infrared. I've always carried a
camera, and one day (in the summer of 2002) it was to the orthopedic
surgeons office where my wife was getting x-rays taken. I was captivated
by the look of the x-rays as the doctor examined them on the viewbox and
wondered how they would photograph in my color infrared style. My wife's "knees"
and "hands holding her hands x-rays"
were my first two in what would become a popular ongoing series in a
medical theme which eventually warranted it's own domain name of