I was born in San Bernardino, California, but soon after was
transported in the back seat of my parents '46 Chevy to Baltimore,
Maryland where I have lived since. Several years ago, at age
45, inspired by my passion for capturing images with a small
point and shoot camera, I decided to get in touch with my creative
side and began to study photography.
early years of exploring photography, I consider myself a generalist,
enjoying various genres of photography including architecture,
cityscapes, land & seascapes and nature. I
must admit though, I have a particular fondness for Baltimore
architecture and have an extensive collection of images from
Mount Vernon Place, in which I attempt to uniquely depict the
grandeur and beauty of the European influenced architecture,
decorative iron work, bronze sculptures and the monument erected
to honor our nation's first president.
I have created
various fine art images in B&W, color and
Polaroid transfers using a totally manual Pentax K1000 35 mm
single lens reflex camera. Recently, I upgraded to a Nikon F4
to benefit from features such as automatic focus for my aging
eyes. Additionally, I have made a partial transition to the digital
world of photography by trading the traditional wet darkroom
for a digital darkroom. I now scan my transparencies at a high
resolution and make giclée prints
on watercolor paper using pigment based archival UltraChrome
inks. This combination of inks and paper yields impressive light
fastness ratings with prints lasting up to 90 years.
A few years ago, I became intrigued by the creative possibilities
of Polaroid transfers, which offer limitless ways to transform
the photographic image. Exploring this art form has enabled me
to create unique versions from my original 35 mm slides and negatives,
images that yield a certain mysterious and evocative quality
that may not have been inherent to the original composition.
inspired by an article on the art of scanner photography, I
ventured down another path. Using only fresh cut flowers and
the moving lens of my flatbed scanner, I created over 30 elegant,
evocative, sensual and somewhat painterly images of a variety
of flowers, which gave birth to a body of work entitled “Scandalous
Beauty”. For me, these images represent many things-elegance,
simplicity, complexity, the human form, interpersonal relationships,
individuality, love, passion and togetherness. However, I most
relate to these images for their basic form, shape, saturated
color, composition and strong graphic qualities and enjoy the
individual viewer's interpretation.
In April 2004, I traveled to Italy, my first European adventure.
It was truly a visual feast. Twenty six rolls of film later,
my newest body of work includes over 25 images from my explorations
in Rome, Florence and Venice.
For many years, I have worked as a registered nurse and currently
support my passion for photography by working full-time as an RN
compliance specialist for a large heath care organization.
- “HON” Greeting
Card Collection - Self-Published June 2004
Baltimore - Winter/Spring 2004 Issue
Vernon Note Cards* - Self Published April 2003
Note cards are currently being offered for sale at City Café,
Donna's Café-Mt. Vernon, Enoch Pratt Central Library
Gift Shop, Hometown Girl, Images Card Shop, The Shawan Shoppes,
Sheppard Art Gallery, Simply Noted, Shops at Homewood,The Pleasure
of Your Company, and Woman's Industrial Exchange.