I was raised in a small town in the suburbs of New York City named Pearl River, which is about 7 miles from the Hudson River. Luckily, my house was located along several hundred acres of undeveloped woods. From a very early age, I was enthralled by all they had to offer including lush streams, swamps, towering trees, and numerous species of wildlife. This experience led to a lifelong love of the outdoors and exploring its many marvels.
I got my first camera when I turned 8 and at about the same time, my father started taking my brother and I to the great art museums in New York City, especially the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was there that I was introduced to works by iconic landscape painters such as Claude Lorraine, Jacob van Ruisdael, John Constable, and J.M.W. Turner. However, it was the works of Hudson River School artists like Thomas Cole and Asher Durand that I connected with the most as they painted the kind of landscapes I was familiar with and could photograph.
It was also from the above painters and others that I learned the basics of subject selection, framing, perspective, and lighting (the latter especially from the Impressionists). They influenced me far more than leading landscape photographers like Ansel Adams, as so much of their work was focused on grand landscapes of the west that I had no access to growing up.
I moved to coastal Connecticut the mid 1970s to take advantage of the many extraordinary photo opportunities living by the shore afforded and have yet to run out of inspiration. I have also been lucky to have traveled extensively around the world and shoot images in many truly magical places.
I hope my images are able to convey some of this magic to you.