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Sometimes an area that is visually stagnant can become something of wonder- if you just wait for the light and an innocent bystander to come into the frame….light show BLOG


Painters often sniff their noses at photographers….suggesting that “their” art form is more creative. Its an argument that serves no purpose. To me, photographers are hunters—-waiting for the right convergence of subjects and settings—to come into the frame. Like in this image I made…

Yesterday Once More

I like to document survivors, ideally in a contextual relationship. Okay, this image is not for your front room, but not all photographs are meant to enhance your decor. They are meant to remind you of what it means to be human.tru beleiver

I don’t always associate enjoying bubble gum with getting a tattoo…but the combination says something about the energy and confidence of this young woman. I shot with a small camera so massive prints are not in the cards, but a medium sized one will do….

Estrogen High

Only YOu webEveryone’s in a rush at Grand Central Station. That’s why I decided to slow everything down….this time by selecting a slow shutter speed to create a dream-like image.

The Case for Titles

Some photographers say a title restricts how a person “sees” an image. I am not 100% opposed to that point of view, but I think titles HELP my images gain impact. Take this one. I call it “Heaven’s Gate”. I want the viewer to be aware of how the man is moving into the sun…or another dimension, if you want to get a little out there!.

Expression's Everything

I titled this,”Wise Guy.” He was absolutely joyous as I shot some 20 images of him on an Asian street. He paid me no mind, instead dealing with admirers of his work. I think the Chinese characters add context to the shot.

Here was this tiny little soul, aboard her Dad’s boat, breathing in a big yawn as she came home from a day of fishing. It was her gesture, and white hat, that attracted my attention. Shooting only three quick frames, I made sure Dad was in the picture, but NOT dominant. Had his face been visable, it would have drawn attention from her.The image has good tonal range, but not as dramatic as some of my portraits.

Just back from my trip to Asia, I just printed this image- a good example (hopefully) of how contrast can add power to an image. Contrast of both subject matter and tones. As always, a decent images comes from a lot of walking and shooting. You can see more of my trip at (go to Combinations 16 and 17) or visit me at Courthouse Market (SAT) and at Eastern Market (SUN). Gee, from 80 degrees to winter weather. I will be the guy shivering…

You can dramatically increase the power of your photographs by following the steps in my second book,
Make Images with Impact. No big words or fancy concepts- just proven steps that I have shared with my photography students over the years. Will be hot off the press by mid September so check my web site then.Look under galleries, then select NEW book.