Industrial Photography...Columbus McKinnonPosted on April 6, 2017
Hoist and lift manufacturer, Columbus McKinnon, wanted to feature their products as "wall art" for a new showroom and training facility. I decided to shoot against a black background and light to emphasize the almost organic beauty of the forged metal. The resulting images had the drama, compostion and "art" the client had requested while still featuring the rugged strength and utility of their products.
Detritus...Hokkaido, JapanPosted on January 9, 2017
Frozen in time, the lodge is located on a snowy volcano in Hokkaido, Japan. Walking through the rooms, it seemed the inhabitants had simply fled. Fireplaces were stacked with wood and wedding albums were laid open on desks. Decay--artfully arranged by the wind and water that had swept in over the years--overwhelmed everything with ice and moss Past and present, winter and summer existed in the same moment. It was an eerily beautiful, incredibly silent lost world.
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.... WNY environmental portraitPosted on November 29, 2016
An out take from a recent editorial assignment for Buffalo Spree Magazine. I wanted to photograph Jill Jedlicka, the organization's executive director, in the Niagara River. I brought my chest waders--and Jill was more than willing to enter the now much cleaner waterway and demonstrate the progress made in restoring the natural habitat of the Niagara. A different image from this series was chosen as the December cover for Spree's "People of the Year".
Eternal Flame...Chestnut Ridge Park, WNY WaterfallsPosted on October 27, 2016
I photographed the Eternal Flame at Chestnue Ridge Park for an editorial assignment earlier this year. Western New York was experiencing a severe drought and though the flame glowed brightly, the waterfall was essentially dry. When I returned this fall to photograph the Eternal Flame for the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy, several days of steady rain had fallen. Late afternoon sun broke through the dark autumnal skies, the flame burned against the steely gray shale cliffs and water tumbled over the falls. It was a magical landscape, captured at what photographers call "the magic hour".
Robert Creeley...American PoetPosted on October 20, 2016
I rented a studio space from Bob and Pen Creeley for a number of years. During that time, we spent many hours talking about art, collaborative work, some of my favorite writers and the neighborhood. We never talked about poetry but it was then that I began to read his work. "I Know a Man" (quoted below) soon became a favorite--so direct in cadence, so American in its pursuit of forward motion...and so universal in its concluding cautionary note.
As I sd to my
friend, because I am
always talking, -- John, I
sd, which was not his
name, the darkness sur-
rounds us, what
can we do against
it, or else, shall we &
why not, buy a goddamn big car,
drive, he sd, for
christ's sake, look
out where yr going.
Tete a Tete...Architectural PhotographyPosted on September 7, 2016
Soaring ceilings, iconic red chairs and molecular shadows define the foyer of the Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo, NY. I shot this image as part of a larger assignment photographing the facility and the researchers of this renowned institution.
American Woman...WNY Portrait PhotographyPosted on August 10, 2016
Nothing left unsaid here...
Summertime...Hydraulic Hearth at LarkinvillePosted on August 9, 2016
Sunshine and shadow...nothing like a Shandy on a hot summer day!
We The People...Portrait Photography in WNYPosted on June 30, 2016
As July 4th approaches, here is another of the American Stories portraits...
Made in Buffalo... WNY Product PhotographyPosted on June 15, 2016
It's all about the craftsmanship...precision, ingredients, design, product. Tommy Rotter, made in Buffalo and enjoyed in fine cocktails everywhere!