Kitchen Table Talks…Posted on April 17, 2018
Trimania is a building-wide creative fundraiser for Buffalo Arts Studio. On one night, every three years, the entire city block long TriMain Center is overflowing with musicians, digital strategists, performance artists, creative agencies, dance troupes, fine artists, photographers and over 3,000 revelers celebrating the Queen City's diverse artistic community.
I was setting up for my open portraits session, "Kitchen Table Talks," when Marty Boratin stopped by my studio. Marty had booked the majority of the musical acts for Trimania so he was busy coordinating all the final arrangements for the evening. A spring ice storm, multiple county travel advisories and numerous "Hey, is Trimania still on?" queries were blowing up his phone. Nonethless, he agreed to be a test subject--as long as he could stay on his phone. This image of the ever affable, unflappable Marty, managing chaos from the kitchen table, was not the story I expected to capture, but certainly one that most of us recognize.
Architectural Photography in WNY WorkplacePosted on January 29, 2018
Reshoot…a word photographers dread. But a recent “reshoot’ turned out to be a wonderful assignment. It is not unusual for clients to request that architectual interiors be photographed prior to being occupied so the photographer can highlight the structure, rhythm and flow of the space. The Martin Group, a full service, fully integrated communications agency, recently hired us to do just that. The pristine, contemporary, and light-filled interiors of its new headquarters at 620 Main are amazing and a joy to photograph. The architectural firm on the renovation, CanonDesign, requested the reshoot. Their architects wanted the same shots from the same perspectives but this time with people interacting in each space. This image is one of my favorites from that reshoot.
Real people... Real Stories. Environmental PortraitsPosted on October 2, 2017
I enjoy people and I want to know what makes them who they are. I approach the individuals I photograph the same way. For me, a portrait session is a conversation. I usually don’t even decide how or where I am going to shoot until I meet my subject and we begin to chat. As we converse, there is a gesture, a turn of the head, a fleeting expression that somehow, to me, in that moment, captures the essence of the individual. If the timing is right, the lighting is set and the camera is focused, I click the shutter and that moment is preserved.
Product photography...Azek deck and railingsPosted on June 28, 2017
Location, location, location...I've been photographing decks and railings on the Northeast Coast of late. The weather was stormy as several nor'easters tore up the coast but we were lucky. The day of this shot, the skies cleared for one hour, and the wind and rain ceased at exactly the right moment to capture this view.
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 Chestnut 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.