If you ask me, I will tell you that I have always been a photographer. Although photography has not been my primary career, it has always been a driving passion and has played a significant role in my experiences and adventures. My images are about my passions: the people, places and moments that touch my soul. My camera is a part of me and I shoot all the time. I enjoy portraiture, street photography, landscape, and botanicals but basically shoot whatever catches my eye, (which is everything). I am a people-watcher and have always been interested in people, who they are, what they do, how they look, where they’re going, etc. Maybe knowing that I had a full time career as a social worker will explain more of my art and who I am. I have been told that I am a voice for those that cannot speak for themselves and I feel that I am a social worker with a camera. My camera is my voice. At this time I am fully engrossed in “the passion and energy of the lunatic iphonic art movement.” (Knox Bronson)
A major turning point in my photographic development was the computer and especially the iPhone. My book, La Belleza y Tristeza de Cuba is a collection of about 200 images made with my iPhone and processed using only my iPhone or my iPad. About this book: “We both feel very strongly that your work represents some of the finest iphoneography and art that we’ve seen.” Bob Weil & Nicki Fitzgerald
My latest book, Connections, is a collection of portraits of humans. This project was never planned but just happened, because it is who I am. Some of the people in this book are people I know and love; some are people I encountered once; some I know their names and others not. However, the thread that joins them and me is not just that they are faces of humans, but at the moment I snapped my shutter, there was a connection, a relatedness that lasted perhaps an instant, perhaps longer. There are a few where I feel I catch a glimpse of their soul. There are some who never knew I clicked my shutter and captured a moment of them.
I have published five books of my photographs and an autobiographical text, entitled Naked Truths, about my arrest in 2000. All of my photography books are available at Blurb.com.
I was born and grew up in Newark, New Jersey. I have degrees in Psychology, Sociology, and Special Education, as well as certification in School Social Work and a Paralegal Certificate. My children were raised in Livingston, New Jersey where I was a founder of the Livingston Camera Club and served on the Board of the Livingston Community Symphony. I retired from a 35 year career as a School Social Worker in 2003 and currently live in Montclair, New Jersey.