Just add a Negroni...Posted on February 24, 2021
The At Home section of this website features some of my favorite architecture and interior design images. I will soon be adding images from a recent Buffalo Spree assignment to that section. It was challenging to capture the warmth and intimacy of this dark and moody den. The greenery outside the windows added an important connection to nature that I wanted to be sure to include along with the richly detailed interior space.
The Space Between, Art and Architecture at the Darwin Martin HousePosted on February 8, 2021
On assignment for Buffalo Spree Magazine in 2012, I photographed Ted Lownie, principal architect for the restoration of the Darwin Martin House Complex. In 2020-21, I started shooting the Jun Kaneko/Albright-Knox Public Art Exhibit on the grounds of the complex. Based on my conversations with Ted during the portrait shoot, I like to think he would have approved the integration of art, architecture, and design that is the Space Between.
No matter what your story...Vote in 2020Posted on October 21, 2020
American Stories was a collection of portraits created in 2004 during the Bush/Kerry presidential election. Reimagined as black and white images, the portraits are a powerful reminder that each of us has a voice in creating the American story.
The Space BetweenPosted on August 17, 2020
This image is my favorite from a recent evening stroll through the Jun Kaneko installation at The Martin House in Buffalo, NY. It is not the most colorful or the most dramatic but it is the one that most reminds me of the gardens I visited in Kyoto, Japan. There is a solitude, and a unity between man and nature, that so typifies the Japanese aesthetic for me.
Buffalo’s Cherry Blossom Festival…April 29 -May 3Posted on April 29, 2020This week Buffalonians, young and old, lovers as well as solitary strollers, gather to view the cherry blossoms in the JapaneseGarden. In the time of corona, there is a particular poignancy to this cherry blossom season. People are seeking reasons to take joy wherever they find it. The Japanese have a word that may explain the lure of cherry blossoms, hokorobu, which means ‘to turn buds into blossoms’ as well as ‘to make us smile.’The Japanese Garden in Delaware Park is located behind The Buffalo History Museum. This public garden was a gift from Buffalo’s Sister City of Kanazawa and is maintained by Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy.
Environmental portrait in Black & WhitePosted on May 2, 2019
In an environmental portrait, the location illuminates the subject's personality and illustrates a place where he spends much of his time. I recently photographed James Hickey, artist, sculptor, and hairstylist through the window of his Hertel Avenue salon. Hickey's own painting on the back wall, the open blade of his casually cocked razor, and the bokeh from the evening street lights all inform this image of a highly creative, edgy and intense human.
Galvanized steel with Araucana & brown eggsPosted on April 14, 2019
I've always loved galvinized steel and have been a collector for years. But it was not my first choice for a background when I decided to photograph a still life of araucana and browm eggs. I originally posted the image on IG (kc kratt) in color, but I decided to post it here as a black and white. There is an incredible tactile quality in this treatment which emphasizes the texture and sparkle of the galvinized as well as the luminous sheen of the eggs.
Sweet Catch...Posted on February 28, 2019
Players gotta play and photographers gotta shoot—anything and everything they see. It makes for a diverse body of work and occasionally that leads to unusual and fun assignments. We recently completed a project for The Martin Group and Under Armour, #sweetcatch. The client wanted to photograph a new line of specialty baseball gloves with fabulous, colorful desserts. Working with the agency and local pastry chef, Lucy Levere, we created an eye catching — and mouthwatering — campaign.
Fun with Phoroptors...Posted on October 17, 2018
Reichert Technologies recently hired me to photograph a number of images to introduce their most advanced Phoroptor® for a trade show and advertising campaign. While shooting this assignment, the marketing folks brought over some of Reichert’s collection of classic phoroptors. “Just have some fun,” they said. And, of course, I did.
This blog post, the current billboards and some of the tear sheets in the Marketplaces section of the website are representative of this project.
Black and white food photography...Posted on August 20, 2018
Fruits and vegetables from my garden, summer roadside stands, and local farmers" markets make for healthy and delicious al fresco meals. And, they inspire "found" art as well.