Photographer, Photo Educator, Principal of ‘Novelda Editions’
My passion for photography began when I was gifted my first camera at age twelve. I was captivated by the mechanics of the camera, the technology that created the latent image on film, and the darkroom magic that brings it all together as a photograph.
For many years, as I was involved in corporate America, photography was a serious hobby. As my tenure in corporate America became less fulfilling and my creative appetite became more robust I reached a moment of decision, ‘Corporate or Creative’ – Creative won, and in 1983 I exited corporate America. This began my dedication to honor my creative self and the medium of photography.
I have been seduced by many of the historic photographic processes, most of which originated in the mid-nineteenth century, specifically carbon printing, platinum/palladium printing and photogravure. In 1987 I returned to college for more extensive study of the medium of photography, photographic history, and it’s relationship with other disciplines of art. This pursuit led to acquiring a BFA in Art History, and an MFA in Photography concentrating on historical photographic processes.
My commitment to photography has taken me to every corner of the U.S., many European countries, and has introduced me to the most interesting persons and events, both within and outside the medium of photography. As a photographer I have been granted amazing opportunities which included a sixteen year appointment as an 'Ambassador for the Eastman Kodak Company' assigned to the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. My responsibilities included designing and conducting photo programs for park visitors in addition to photographing the Southwest for the Kodak Company. In 1986 I began a project with the Western Folklife Center, in Elko, Nevada creating formal portraits of the poets and participants at the annual ‘National Cowboy Poetry Gathering’ in Elko. This project is now in it’s 34th year.
My exhibition record includes numerous one person and group shows in galleries and museums throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia. In 2000 I was the recipient of the ‘International Grand Prize Award’ granted by the Photo Imaging Education Association, which resulted in my work being shown in 45 venues worldwide.
I continue to work on personal projects, produce limited edition portfolios and teach workshops in the US and Europe.
I currently live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and embrace life, photography, and the photographic image.