About the Book
This collection documents the initial interest I have had in deriving beauty from ugliness and disorder. It first started in 1972, when I told myself that there was beauty in puddles and that I should photograph it. Soon after, following such thinking, I did small paintings using very muddy colors, limiting myself to just one brilliant color--a standard upon which to reflect and compare. I never stopped this line of thinking, so that now I can find beauty just about anywhere, even in the most unappetizing of places. Photographing gives me the opportunity of producing much more work than I could with a brush and paint. I have been photographing trash since 2009. Every beautiful art work I have ever loved helped me to select the trash photographs you'll see. I am indebted to so many great artists. I continue this interest almost daily and I don't see how I could ever stop it.
EDUCATION B.A., PH.D, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ UNIVERSITY CAREER Director of Italian (1977-2008), U. of South Carolina, Columbia, SC; specialized in Foreign Language Learning, Renaissance Italian Literature, 20th Century Italian Avant-Garde Poetry, Italian Film of the Cold War Period. PHOTOGRAPHIC AWARDS * 2011: First Place Overall, GILLS CREEK WATERSHED ASSOCIATION, "Photo Contest," Columbia, SC * 2010: First Premium, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE FAIR, "Professional Photography Exhibition," Columbia, SC *1984: Fourth Premium, POLAROID INC.," Picture America Contest," judged by the International Center of Photography, New York, NY * 1982: Third Premium, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE FAIR, "Professional Photography Exhibition," Columbia, SC * 1982: Selection for Show, SOUTH CAROLINA ARTS COMMISSION'S ANNUAL EXHIBITION (one of 69 works selected out of 900 submissions), Columbia, SC OTHER ARTISTIC EFFORTS I am also a painter and a poet.