When did you first become interested in art, in general?
Always loved art and as a kid I was going to museums, concerts, etc. I am famous as a researcher and textbook author in computer engineering, (Google my name if you are curious), but a couple of years ago I discovered my inner artist and became an award-winning photographer.
- First place in the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP – NJ) 2009 Fine Art Photography Competition
- Best in Photography in the Healing Power of Art 2010 juried on-line gallery of Manhattan Arts International
- Silver Award in the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards “Portrait & People” 2010 juried competition
- Honorable Mention at the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards “THE STORYTELLER” juried competition (2011)
- NJ artist of the month for January 2011 (selected by JerseyArts)
- Honorable Mention in the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards 2nd Edition of the Portraits & People juried competition
- Best in photography at the 12th Annual Gaelen Juried Art Show, 2011
When did you first become interested in photography, specifically?
I was always taking pictures, but since 2005 it became a passion after I was laid off work and I found photography helped me avoid depression.
On which style(s) of photography do you specialize?
Abstract, surrealism, portraits.
Has your style changed from when you first began? If so, why?
Yes, because I learned more.
What kind of equipment do you use?
Digital (Nikon D300), several lenses, PC
What made you choose that equipment?
Trade-offs between cost and value.
How do you choose what you’re going to photograph?
I hear an internal voice that says “Click now!”
What kind of editing do you perform on your photographs?
All images get some basic processing to adjust exposure, contrast, etc. Some are converted to black and white. For some portraits I use certain effects to create old-style images, (e.g. the 40’s), and surrealistic images get the most work, by combining several disjoint photos.
How much time (on average) does it take to complete a work?
It varies a lot – between 5 minutes to 3 hours; the avearage is probably around 10-15 minutes.
How do you know when a piece is finished? Is it easy to walk away?
I don’t think I can improve it any more (I am a perfectionist).
What do you do to overcome a ‘block’?
Take a break and do something else.
How well do you take criticism and how do you make use of it?
I welcome it because it helps improve my images.
Who is your favourite photographer?
Which one of your photographs is your favourite?
Have you exhibited any of your work in galleries?
Yes – both solo exhibits and group exhibits. My last solo exhibit was “Imagination vs. Reality” at the Waltuch Gallery, Tenafly, NJ in September 2009. My last group exhibit was “Photographer/Provocateur” at the Gaelen Gallery East, West Orange, NJ in January 2011.
Will your work be included at any upcoming contests or galleries?
I won several awards in international competitons; the most recent is a Silver Award in the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards Portrait & People juried competition. My next (group) exhibit is “Human + Being” at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, March 25 – April 23, 2011 and
What are your plans for the future?
Become as well-known in photography as I am in engineering.
I am a volunteer photographer for the Special Olympics – an organization dedicated to helping people with intellectual disabilities to succeed in life by involving them in sport activities – and for Flashes of Hope – an organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses.
Special Olympics photos
Flashes of Hope photos
What advice do you have for budding photographers?
Have you done any courses to help you?
I took some workshops but I am mainly self-taught.
What do you do to market your work?
Art interviews 🙂
Many different things – my web site, art consultants, local PR, for example Berkeley Heights resident discovers his inner artist
Are you available for work (commissions)?
Yes. I also provide free photography services for sick or handicapped children. Contact me at [email protected]
Have you got hobbies?
Yes – tennis, ski, travel.
Where are you based?
In NJ, but I also work in NY and PA.