Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
I’m very excited about my new book project. It is a monumental undertaking, however it’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for many years. I started writing seriously (almost daily) in journals in 1975 and have close to 80 filled notebooks and journals 30+ years later.
Cold and miserable at jungle training somewhere in the swamps of Florida, 1977
Shadow Portrait of Robin holding Adam 1983
Journal Entry April, 1985
Essentially I’ve been scanning (digitizing) what I consider my “favorite” images taken over the past 30 years. Pictures that reflect and reinforce my “personal vision” as a photographer and have the most meaning to me, in addition to helping me tell the story of my journey as a father, husband, artist, writer and teacher. I’m concentrating on the black & white negatives first and this book will be strictly black & white even if I have to convert some color to grayscale. I’ve scanned over 200 negatives (35mm & 2/1/4) so far and have another 150 + to go.
Adam at Short Beach, Long Island 1986
Journal Entry, July 1985
The other part of this project is scanning excerpts from my personal journals written over the past 30 years and then juxtaposing my photographs with appropriate journal entries written approximately the same time the photograph was taken and hopefully reveal my state of mind when the photograph was taken.
My Brother Dennis and Amberlei sleeping, Atlantic Beach House 1994
Journal Entry, July 1985
There is no doubt that I have focused my camera on family, friends and my environment over the years – that has become extremely evident to me as I edit through the boxes of negatives I’ve saved over the years.
Adam with Camera, Beaufort NC 1989
Luckily, I’ve kept all my photographs and negatives stored properly and organized so its just a matter of editing the work down and scanning the negatives that best communicate my heart and soul as a photographer and my 30+ year journey as a writer/photographer.
Andei at Adams Creek, 1998
Amberlei at Atlantic Beach Circle, 1994
This project is a labor of love and will most likely take me a year or so to compile, design and publish. I spend so much time teaching both in the classroom and online, I must have a creative project to work on order to keep the artist within me alive, well and sane.
Self Portrait in Reflection of Motorcycle Engine 1988
Click here for a cross section of some of the photographs I am including in this book.