No one ever smiles in my work. Or if they do, its more like a smirk. For some reason, l gravitate towards a film noir style dark mood. Maybe influenced by the mixture of grunge, punk and heavy metal music that I grew up loving. I also am drawn to the extremes. Where I am headed with this ramble, I have no idea.
I think the darkness of the tunnel behind Maura is a bit disconcerting and scary…although the character she is playing doesn’t seem at all concerned by it. She belongs there.

Scranton, 2012

Cold and overcast…stones and railroad tracks. Pure blues…like John Lee Hooker…deep yet simple attitude. No reason to smile but, damn, is it beautiful?
This was made during the break between the pre-judging and night show of a regional bodybuilding and figure competition. Catherine loves the stage! I believe she won on this day.

Lisa White, 2013

I had been wanting to do something on these cement stairs for a long time….probably a few years. For some reason I never did. As soon as we started working the stairs I knew it was going to work. Lisa brought a whole lot of elegance to the ruins.


If you close the door, the night could last forever
Leave the sunshine out and say hello to never
All the people are dancing and they’re having such fun
I wish it could happen to me
But if you close the door, I’d never have to see the day again
I’d never have to see the day again
Lou Reed
Rest in Peace.

Maura’s Bikini, 2013

This past week the world lost Lou Reed, a very talented lyricist and poet. This brought me back to thinking about how much music, poetry and literature have influenced me and the images that I make. ¬†Sometimes when I am working on an image at the computer what I am working on will call to mind a song or album…¬† a mood created by or associated with a particular musician or artist, not necessarily a visual one.
Sometimes when I am describing what I am thinking about a shoot to a client or a model I reference film, music or literature and often get a blank look….¬† I guess what I am trying to communicate is that the photographs are not just visual to me, but an extension of ideas that can be, and have been, expressed in other ways using other communication forms.