The Black and White Image of an American Reality

This exhibition is a series of journalistic style photographs from the latter part of the twentieth century of cities in Connecticut. Beginning in the 1970's, which was a heady time for 35mm film photography, the images emerge from the "art of the moment" school of photography. My instructors were shooting for Life Magazine and represented worldwide news agencies and we always believed that the "art" of photography was made in the moment the shutter clicks. Light, composition, texture, angle, timing, being at the right place at the right time and "seeing" it all in your viewfinder and bring it back to the viewer. It is the ability to capture the millisecond of time in which all these elements converge and the resulting image captures the definitive statement of the statement you are communicating. It is called the "totality of the expedient" where every on of these elements in composition act to reinforce the statement. Some great examples of this type of photo journalism from the late 60's is the image of Robert Kennedy laying dying, the picture of the Kent State shootings, the photo of ex-president Nixon giving the peace (or victory) sign.  


The black and white print also gives emotion to the image. The black and white image is a total distortion of reality being devoid of color. Your subconscious eye perceives this distortion and sends a "feeling" to the conscious mind. Your subconscious is free to fill in the perception of color.


As for these particular photographic moments, I travel through inner city environments and surrounding neighborhoods looking for the moments  with a futuristic intent of looking though history through a lens. Like the music of Led Zeppelin, or in this case photography,   is meant to be seen by people in the future who will picture a reality from the latter 20th century.This is the "time" element attached to the image. Photographs and the stories they tell of fleeting realities that   become more valuable in time as the truth is lost in memories the image is all that remains.