Black and white available light photographer capturing the joy of living on the street, in diners, Paris and at weddings on home-rolled Tri-X film using a Leica M6TTL.
My interest in photography was sparked by Alfred Eisenstaedt’s black and white images in The Eye of Eisenstaedt. Not long after reading that book, my aunts Margaret, Julia and Evelyn gave me a Kodak Instamatic camera for Christmas that I used during family trips and to photograph Robert Kennedy when he came through my home town while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Later, as a high school sophomore, my 35mm camera came along when I joined seniors at Lew Wallace High School who walked out to protest a teachers’ strike that would have cut short their school year and prevented them from graduating. The Glen Park Herald, a weekly newspaper in Northwest Indiana, bought my pictures, launching a 40-year career capturing people and events on film. Through associations with fellow news photographers, I began shooting weddings.
After years of shooting Kodachrome during trips to Europe and Asia, and at sporting events including the World Series, on a lark I took a roll of Tri-X on a trip to Wisconsin in February 2005 to photograph Great Grey Owls. The black and white images from that trip rekindled my love of black and white photography, leading me to work exclusively with black and white film.
A bout with back and neck pain after an injury while serving as a Navy officer had already prompted me to downsize from countless lenses on several SLR’s to just two Leica M6 rangefinders and three lenses. Almost all of my pictures, however, are made with a 35mm lens. Using one lens and one film has not only simplified my photographic life, but allows me to quickly and unobtrusively capture magic moments on the street, in diners and cafes.
Additional inspiration has come from Robert Frank, David Hume Kennerly, Fred Maroon, Elliott Erwitt, and Kent Reno.
Current projects include capturing the art of living – all the while keeping an eye out for the humor that is there if you take the time to find it (or recognize it when you run across it), documenting the many covered bridges that grace Northeast Ohio, and putting together a book documenting the life of Lucky, the Jack Russell Terrier who never tires of patiently waiting while his dad “just finishes this roll.”