Behind the Lens

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.    -Carl Jung

When I graduated college, I was a photographer. This was a passion I had avidly persued since high school and I returned to New York to begin my career. My personal work was emotive, spontaneous and often sequential, very similar in feeling to the best of my paintings. I had explored the daily journal process extensively as part of my senior thesis project setting the groundwork for what was to become my daily painting work. Professionally I focused mostly on portraiture and editorial work, dipping into fashion and for strict bread & butter: the obligatory headshot and semi-paparazzi assignments. I was working on a book of portraits when I froze, I was stuck taking what I felt was the same image, over and over. I tried all the tricks in my bag: changed formats, started new projects but nothing lifted the anxiety that inevitabily descended on me in the darkroom and so I just stopped. I had a brief (albeit successful) fling with "wearable art" before I settled down to paint.

In the spring of 2003, I started photoblogging. As an outgrowth of the ARTproject, I had developed a passion for having a dialogue between artists using images instead of words. With theARTproject: discussion II, I implemented a project to explore this concept and I had begun looking for funding to develop a web site for this type of communication, when I was offered my first one woman show: that's where my energy went. When I discovered photoblogging, my first thought was that here was a way I could revive my concept of having conversations with words instead of images. I had a digital camera that up until that point I had only used for documenting my work, and I started shooting again. At first I responded to other people's photographs with a mix of old and new photos along with paintings, but soon I was shooting taking pictures again. Over the past years I have worked consciously to understand the connection between how I see through a lens and how I see with a brush. This section of the site will continue this exploration.