I'm a city kid. I love the energy. I love the architecture. But I also love the places where nature creeps in, the places where people step out of the grid and claim a spot for themselves.
Through the Fountain
Battery Park - B&W
Battery Park - color
Into the Night
I love the way that the city begins to glow as the evening progresses. Colors warm and shop windows light up like jewel boxes. People unwind at the end of the day.
Using long exposures I capture the movement of figures against the solidity of their surroundings. Their ethereal presence and the dynamic blur of their movement animate what would otherwise be static images.
On the Pier
late spring morning.
lily pads just breaking the surface, not yet green.
sun shining through the bare trees
reflects on water the color of tea.
Inspired by Monet’s paintings, I began to photograph my own small lily pond in early Spring, exploring the interplay of sunlight, shadow and reflection with the water and emerging plants. This developed into an exploration of the seasonal cycle of the water plants and surrounding garden – the first blush of Spring and new leaves, the abundance and brilliant colors of Summer, and the changing colors and slow fading of Autumn. I became fascinated with the water itself. How the surface changes with the light and the time of day, from dark and opaque to shimmering with sunlight and reflective of the sky and changing weather, from still and glassy to full of the textures of movement. The Water/Light series has expanded to explore the nature of water in natural and built environments.
Lily Pond/After the Storm/1
Lily Pond/After the Storm/8
In the Fall/1
In the Fall/2
Bug's Eye View
It started out as a traditional still life set-up, with objects that had belonged to my grandmother. But soon I found myself being drawn in closer and closer to see the details of the light on the different surfaces. I love the unconventional viewpoint that turns simple things into architecture. I can imagine being a bug on the table, wandering among grapes the size of beach balls, and gazing up at a monumental sugar bowl.
Bug's Eye View/2
Bug's eye View/4
Bug's Eye View/5
Bug's Eye View/1
Bug's Eye View/7
Bug's Eye View/8
Bug's eye View/11
Bug's Eye view/12
We The People
New York City always seems to be at the center of political ferment. Expression is everywhere – from May Day demonstrations, to public art, to the spontaneous outburst of post-it comments on the subway walls of the Union Square Station after the 2016 election. The Brooklyn portraits were taken on Election Day 2016 simply to reflect the diversity of my neighborhood, but have gained greater poignancy in the wake of the actions of the current administration.
On the Highline
Apples - Variation on a Theme
The fullness of bloom lives in the moment. What was once alive leaves a remnant behind – an empty shell, a white bone, a withered stalk. Objects evoke the lives of the people who handled them. They come together in a landscape of memories arranged in the chiaroscuro of natural light. A reminder of life, a reminder of its completion.
Magnolias/1, 2 and 3
I wanted to keep the arrangement simple in order to focus on the magnolia flowers. But I also wanted some contrast. I felt that the brittleness of the faded hydrangea flower heads offered a counterpoint to the velvety lushness of the magnolias and gave a gentle reminder of the seasonal cycle.
Still Life with Peonies/1
Still Life with Peonies/2
Still Life with Peonies/5
Using an immersive close-up, I explore the way that light and shadow can reveal the intricate forms of a single flower, and emphasize the translucence and delicacy of the petals.
I often choose to shoot landscapes in monochrome because I love the rich tonality, the contrast of light and dark, and the patterns and textures that are revealed. The “November” landscapes, showing silhouettes against a moody sky, focus on what I’ve come to think of as “Accessible Nature” in local parks, both urban and rural, seeing familiar settings with fresh eyes.