What's Cool ?
"... a ball in the air, a guy in a T -- shirt standing in a nowhere street, a Volvo, whatever ---- cool. Anything could be cool as long as you didn't try to exert too much influence over it." David Salle About ChasingCool
I've exhibited photographs at the Everson Museum of Art in New York and several art galleries in the US and Canada while simultaneously operating studios for commercial photography initially in N.Y. and then in Southern California where I live now. This site is dedicated entirely to my fine art photography to include digital and film photography, black and white, color, portrait, fashion, nude, landscape, documentary, street, still life, and architectural work with the focus on our built environment.
My Way of Working
My visual method is to maintain an open mind. By nature and training, I am as nonjudgmental as it's possible for me to be. I am contemplative in my approach to image capture, but in the end I mostly trust my intuition to guide me toward new insights into our world. For an image to attract my attention, it has to trigger an emotion or activate one of those incomplete " floating fragments" I have stored in memory. I always hope to encounter images that can do both.
I've been a photographer for several years. My goal has never been about money or awards or building a resume. Photography, for me, has always been about developing a deeper connection with the world at large. I have a visual metaphor for what is very hard to explain with words... about this feeling I get in the presence of an image that can stop time for me. Imagine ripples that radiate away from a pebble tossed into the calm water of a pond reaching out in all directions equally without prejudice. Within a few moments they join again into the calm water, but in those moments, however brief, I get a sense of purpose and engagement with the world through photography that I cannot grasp in any other way. And these feelings are accompanied by a profound sense of peace.
I hope you enjoy viewing these photographs as much as I liked taking them and consider your visit here on ChasingCool a positive experience. So, stay tuned. I add photographs weekly.