I've often been asked, "What's your favorite camera?" My answer is always, "The one that's in my hand." For me, photography is more than an attempt to recreate reality in a 2-dimensional form. The camera is just one of the tools that I use as a vehicle for transforming what I see through the lens into the art that my mind envisions. I use several types of cameras, lenses and equipment, from film to digital, from my iPhone to my 80-megapixel technical camera, and everything in between.
Initially, I'm drawn to the light, colors, texture, and movement of a particular scene or subject, and from there, I let my imagination run wild. My camera becomes my paintbrush. Sometimes I capture the scene literally, in all its fine detail and beauty. Other times, using camera movement and long exposures, I am able to create a still image that evokes a sense movement and depth.
But it doesn't stop there. With new and innovative digital tools being developed every day, my ability to explore and create seems endless, limited only by my imagination. Every tool I use has an impact on what I see, how it's captured, and ultimately, how it's transformed. I find it very exciting to have these tools available to me, and I happily use them all, to assist me in creating the images that I see in my mind's eye.
How did it all start? I picked up my first camera at the age of 9 and never put it down. In college, I studied photography at several schools, including the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem, Israel, and Otis/Parsons School of Art & Design in L.A. I then worked for several commercial photography studios in various capacities. In 1987, I opened my first professional photo studio, and in 1992 incorporated as Public Works Productions, Inc., in Altadena, California, a 6,000 sq. ft. full-service commercial photo and design studio.
During the 35 years I worked in the commercial world, I continued working on my personal repertoire of fine art photography, capturing stirring landscapes, intriguing characters, and thought-provoking studies all over the world. Commercial photography gave me the experience to hone my technical skills. But in 2015, I decided it was time for me to retire from shooting handbags and jewelry, and to concentrate exclusively on my fine art. My work can now be seen in galleries, photo and contemporary art shows, and art exhibits across North America.
"Solace of Space"
I created the "Solace of Space" series as an antidote for the over-saturated, in-your-face, and instantaneous image gratification of our world today. We no longer choose when and what content we care to view and absorb. It is forced upon us. It can be difficult to break away and separate our senses from the constant bombardment that we are assaulted with on a daily basis.
With the "Solace of Space," I wanted to create images to draw us into spaces of comfort and solitude, free from the constant visual noise that we encounter every day. They are suggestive of something familiar, and yet are unable to be defined. In fact, they could be anywhere -- dreamlike images inviting you into a place of private wonder. You find yourself responding emotionally to the colors, textures, and movement within each image, creating a sense of tranquility and space.
I am now also working on a sister series called, the "Solace of Colour," which introduces a similar theme of texture and movement, but explores bright and bold colors.
Robert Hunter, renowned lyricist for the Grateful Dead, summed it up perfectly -- "Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right."
After living my entire life in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, I am now happy to be living in quieter -- and cooler -- Port Townsend, WA, with my wife Shira and black lab, Shooshi.