LIFE IS MY FOCUS: A NEW WAY OF SEEING
Photography is an art when taken beyond a "good" shot. The art is in what I do with my shot in post production. The pleasure is being able to manipulate images way beyond the original shot.
Christopher Isherwood once said, "I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking. Recording the man shaving at the window opposite and the woman in the kimono washing her hair. Someday, all this will have to be developed, carefully printed, fixed". Photography is something like that for me. I see something, I feel something, I have a vision. I use my camera to fix that moment. I then edit to bring out the story and show people my original vision.
I work in many areas: People in their environments; Travel photography; Nature in all of its forms; Photojournalism and socially relevant issues; Architecture, Art and Still Life. It may be said that I don't have a single focus. My reply is that life is my focus. As Henry Miller said, "one's destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things".
I became a full time professional photographer in 2009 and my works have been widely exhibited and published. I am the official photographer of Maverick Concerts, Inc., the oldest continuous summer chamber orchestra festival in the US. I am also the official photographer of the Ulster County (NY) Chamber of Commerce and the Woodstock Land Conservancy. My pro bono work includes being a Member of the Board of Directors of Maverick Concerts, Inc. and the Victoria Home For the Aged (nursing home in Ossining, NY).
I am a public speaker, bi-lingual in English and French and have a working knowledge of German and Spanish.
Prior to becoming a photographer I was a senior executive with over 20 years experience with financial, management and marketing responsibilities across various businesses and business segments and as a producer of and advisor on the development, production and distribution of theatrical motion pictures and TV movies. I still, on occasion, accepts assignments with a focus on strategic planning, project management, negotiation and acquisition.
Clients nclude: Fleet Bank, The Woodstock Film festival, The Byrdcliffe Colony of the Arts.
Positions included Marketing and Creative Consultant to Carl Icahn, Consultant to The King Faisal Foundation, The Saudi Arabian Development Corporation, The Gibson Group (New Zealand), Paper House Productions, President Apsicon Productions, Inc an independent motion picture production company, Senior Vice President, Production, Development and Acquisitions for Scotti Brothers Pictures, Inc., Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Affiliate Relations for The Disney Channel and Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Program Operations for The Entertainment Channel, Senior VP Executive positions with HBO, Columbia Pictures and Warner Communications.