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After many years working in the trenches of New England's commercial, creative and academic photography scene, I think I've developed a pretty unique perspective forged from a lifetime’s worth of what I call “front line, blue collar” career experience earned during an era of profound evolution.
As a commercial photographer, I worked for more than a decade in the advertising studio at Filenes in Boston, and contributed significantly to that company's transition from traditional to digital photography. In the years prior to that, I shot freelance assignments for corporate, technology and advertising clients, all after an earlier 5-year stint as a portrait and wedding photographer in Newport, RI.
From 2007 thru 2015, I developed, managed and delivered career training programs at Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts and at New England School of Photography. I twice participated in the Adobe Educator Summit as one of 20 leading photography educators invited each year from around the country. Hosted by Julianne Kost, Adobe Systems' Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist, the week- long event provides a unique opportunity for educators to collaborate directly with developers and product managers while receiving advanced training in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Beginning in 2016, I partnered with sociologist Wendy Cadge and architectural historian Alice Friedman on Boston's Hidden Sacred Spaces, a documentary project supported by grants from Brandeis University, Wellesley College and MassHumanities. In 2017, I presented the project as part of a panel discussion with Neal Rantoul and Mary Sherman at Lesley University College of Art and Design, an event sponsored by the New England chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. Print exhibitions from the project are currently traveling throughout metropolitan Boston, including a long term installation at Harvard Divinity School's Center For The Study of World Religions.
But in spite of my professional background, I've always considered myself an amateur in the best sense of the word. In recent years, I've intensified my pursuit of what I call "Road Work", an eclectic mashup of street, travel and documentary photography. My pictures have appeared in group and solo exhibitions throughout the region, and I was proud to be included on Photoweenie's "Stellar Group of Fine Art Photographers", a list of more than 80 modern and contemporary artists compiled by independent curator and educator Jim Fitts.
In 2013 I curated "Heartbreak and Resilience- The 2013 Boston Marathon and Beyond", a fundraising exhibition at Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts to benefit the marathon bombing victims' relief fund. At the exhibition's opening reception, NPR journalist and producer Alex Ashlock spoke about his nearly non-stop reporting throughout the week of the crisis.
In 2014, my photograph "Vegas, Baby" was one of 23 selected from around the world by Magnum photographer and Guggenheim fellow Bruce Gilden for an online street photography exhibition sponsored by Duncan Miller Gallery in Santa Monica, CA.
In 2015, my diptych "Route 611 near Easton PA, 1977" was featured in a special adjunct to the traveling exhibition Early Works at the Photographic Resource Center, joining local luminaries Gus Kayafas, Lou Jones, John Goodman, Vaughn Sills, Lauren Shaw, Francine Weiss and Peter Southwick. Curated by Laura Moya and Laura Valenti of the prominent photographic non-profit Photolucida, the exhibition featured the earliest images and their stories from some 34 international artists, educators, and writers.
My provocative and popular essays about making a living and a life in photography appear occasionally on Petapixel, a leading photography blog with over three million page views a month.
And it all started for me at age 17 after seeing an image on a then-obscure Scottish singer-songwriter's album cover. Now, over four decades later, my long association and friendship with folk-rock legend Al Stewart has resulted in multiple CD and DVD covers, a number of extraordinary bottles of wine, and one really great story.
I split my time between suburban Boston and the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire with my partner, technology designer Jenny Chang.