AIRPORT - My current work evokes in me the boyhood excitement I felt four decades ago watching my first photographs emerge in a developing tray. Today I eagerly watch the screen on the back of my digital camera as the machine 'develops' a series of exposures into these multilayered offerings.
TOWN HALL - The art of the Cubist painters shimmers with life. These painters have inspired me to utilize multiple views simultaneously to portray the essence of a subject.
MILL WINDOWS - Engaging light and graphic beauty draw me to subject matter. The “zzt” of the camera’s shutter encourages me. I joyfully bend, stretch, and strain while photographing.
FARM GEARS - Heart, technology, and technique combine to reflect the overlapping planes in which I see the world these days.
LAYERED HISTORY - My photographic roots are in photojournalism. After taking a straight shot of road workers laying asphalt beneath a sign noting that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded their project, I then overlapped graphic elements of the sign, endeavoring to represent the interconnected intricacies of history and economics.
RAILROAD BRIDGE - Speaking of history and change, trains no longer rumble across the Connecticut River on this steel superstructure. Instead, bicycles whir along. Trains, bicycles – what’s next for this travel corridor?
WITHER INDUSTRIAL AMERICA? - I teach photography in Turners Falls, Mass. Most of the town’s mill buildings along the canal sit unused, slowly disintegrating. This image evokes for me stormy seas and masted boats going down.
SAILBOATS RACING - The transparent sails of these modern craft racing on the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge allow the river’s blue to show through. I sometimes wonder what an onlooker thinks as I take an exposure while holding my camera upside down.
BRICKS AND WINDOWS - Once I pick a subject, I sometimes try to plan the outcome of the layered exposures. It does not work. When I twist my camera around while photographing, acting on instinct rather than linear planning, the results are more likely to sing.
TOWNHOUSE NEIGHBORHOOD - Every person looking down from a skyscraper in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood sees what their life experiences to date have taught them to see. Given these multiple, unique truths, I think abstraction can be a more universal reality.
TOWN OFFICE 1895 - Last Thursday I spent the day with my photography students in the historic district of Deerfield, Mass. In the shadows of centuries-old elegant homes, I taught the brand-new class about exposure, f-stops, and how to see light.