I have been told that I see objects and things in a different way. I view photography as a means of expression like a brush, or a pen. My passion for ships and their elements of design, the ocean, and destinations, are the focus of my pictures, shot from my view, using a lens as a form of medium - in black and white. After 150 cruises (I started at the young age of ten) I have captured 22 voyages since my life changed in 2015 in this Gallery of Ships. After that first cruise in 1967 on the SS Rotterdam, my dream was to cross the Atlantic on ocean liner. In 2015, I was empowered to cross the Atlantic and did so on Cunard's iconic Queen Mary 2 in July 2016. This epic experience paralleled that of my life and since that first crossing, I learned I never have to say "I should have" again. It took three crossings on QM2 to get the photos right for a book I was driven to produce and I did just that. "Divine Crossings, One Man's Destiny" a self published photographic chronicle; an accounting of this epic experience complemented by memorable commentary and uplifting quotes.
I share David Geffin's (photographer) opinion regarding black and white photography as follows: "I care more about the relationship between my subject and background, rather than a distracting color. It’s freed up that part of my brain. Black and white allows you to begin to think about key elements (lighting, and composition,) that you might otherwise not focus on as much when you’re thinking about making colors work together."
Recently, I just complete a cruise to Norway featuring the Arctic Circle on Holland America Lines PRINSENDAM. My second book, "A Tribute to Prinsendam, Elegant Explorer" became a collaborative effort between myself and the line and was delivered to the ship in Amsterdam distributed as a gift to all who sailed on this epic final farewell voyage. What a gift!
By trade, I am a graphic designer and strategic branding and marketing visioneer. I actually do all of the work spending the past couple of decades creating from the mind. I love ground up projects where the starting point is a simple idea, a broadstroke. Defining the end game comes first since I reverse engineer my work. Basically, I'm an artist with a unusual skillset.
Thank you for sharing my journey - I wish to inspire and evoke those who view my work and appreciate your visiting my new web site... another adventure - a never ending voyage with the oceans always on the horizon.