Made With Film...
These series were shot on slide and negative film, with my Pentax Spotmatic Camera. Seemingly, the overall feeling, textures and tonal quality, are more subtle than what I can achieve with my current digital camera. These images were shot while I was assigned editorial portraiture for magazines and newspapers. In the past 10 years I've understood this work to be more important than portraits, allowing me the freedom to shoot whenever, wherever I want, without anyone else around.
20 images"Orange Umbrella" and two other images from this series, plus a pool image from "California Ruins" are included in Getty, 2011-2012 initiative "Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles, 1945-1980" for the Palm Springs Art Museum's "Pacific Standard Time" exhibition "The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982" opening January, 2012. http://www.pacificstandardtime.org. "The Motel Series" grew out of a portfolio on "California Ruins" that I ibrought to California Magazine, published in the Nov. 1982 issue. Once the magazine took over the direction of the "Ruins" Series, I began shooting a new group of images where I could have complete control again. "The Motel Series" was shot on Kodachrome 64 film, with my Olympus XA Camera, in Desert Hot Springs, CA. Later, these motels became chic "spa retreats" converted during the 1990's. A selection of prints, from "The Motel Series" was gifted to the Palm Springs Art Museum, for their permanent collection, in 2002.
21 images"Road Pictures" Tri-X Film. These images have been strung together since the mid 1970's. They represent my journies in the world, the places I've been, occasionally a person I've met. The last images were shot in Italy, 2001. These photographs have not been published or exhibited, but they are ready for both. I would also like to do a limited edition portfolio of this group of images.
17 images"Off Wilshire" Tri-X Film. Right after my daughter was born, my work as an editorial photographer slowed down. I began developing projects such as "California Ruins" and "The Motel Series" instead of taking assignments. "Off Wilshire, 1980-1981" grew out of my daily walks with my baby in her snuggly strapped to my back, while I did errands in the neighborhood around where we lived in Beverly Hills.