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.
UNGUIDED MISSILE Published February 19, 2015
HOSTAGE OF LOVE / HOSTAGE OF DEATH Published February 06, 2015
HERPES ONE AND OTHER CHANCY STUFF Published January 25, 2015
SHIFTING PEBBLES AND DRAWING ON DUST Published January 24, 2015
DIARY OF MY MOTHER'S DEATH: 1987 Published January 03, 2015
SHIFTING PEBBLES AND DRAWING ON DUST Published September 10, 2013
UNGUIDED MISSILE Published March 06, 2013
G R A F F I T I M U R A L S FROM ITALY Published October 24, 2012