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Prospect Park fine art album index image
Prospect Park
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These photos come from a series that I created over the past two years in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.  During that time I visited the park every day photographed whatever presented itself  Like Central Park, Prospect  was designed by Olmstead and Vaux, and they considered it their masterpiece.  The wooded areas have been called the last forest in brooklyn.  The park covers about 750 acres, and is bordered by several neighborhoods that are widely varied in class and ethnicity; in Prospect Park, these diverse neighbors meet.  I've collected these people in their moments in the park, as well as the things they left behind.
Technical Notes
The images were taken on color film with a medium format camera (Mamiya 6), then scanned and printed.  My special thanks to Diana Edkins for her invaluable help in creating this final arrangement of photos.

 
Fine Art People fine art album index image
Fine Art People
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This collection of photos comes from my fifteen-plus years of photographing in the US and abroad.  Few of the people in these photos were ever aware of being photographed.  As with wildlife photography, I attempt to document my subject undisturbed, and behaving unselfconsciously.  
Technical Notes
The images were taken on color film with a medium format camera (the highly concealable Mamiya 6), then scanned and printed.  

 
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Tourist
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These photos are about tourism: not about the tourist industry or about tourist destinations, but about the act of being a tourist. Being a tourist is a self-induced transformation of cultural status and mental state as much as it is a change of physical place or daily routine, and expresses a common human experience of ambiguity and estrangement that happens at home as well as abroad. My own experience of tourism is one of periodic self-exile, born out of habits established early on in life (my family were compulsive travelers). Early travels with my family introduced me to travel photography, and the gold-standard to which we aspired was National Geographic. Now, as a long-time photographer, I've discarded that standard. My eye is deeply jaded against the single photo that claims to represent a place, a concept that is confederate with the creation of cliches, and I'm drawn to more metaphorical and ambiguous expressions of experience. The tourist experience often necessarily includes closing ones eyes to a lot of reality: the tourist destinations, and even our reactions to them, are pre-defined by books and magazines (including National Geographic), travel brochures, travel agents, and by other vacationers before us who have submitted to this experiential luge. Now my photographic impulse when traveling is to try and see what is taken for granted, or pushed to the back of the vision in order to have the "proper" experience of a place--the in between moments of existence. Is Disneyland fun? Yes, at times. It's also boring, sticky, tiring, surprising, run-down, depressing, exhilarating, and gross. 
Technical Notes
The images were taken on color film with a medium format camera (Mamiya 6), then scanned and printed.  

 
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In Between
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These images are part of an ongoing series that focuses on "in between" spaces:  areas that exist in an undefined and ambiguous place.  By purposefully removing the parts  of the photograph from the heavy gravity of a central subject, I hope to help them become lighter and float forward as subjects in their own light.  
Technical Notes
The images were taken on color film with a medium format camera (the Mamiya 6), then scanned and printed.