After a career in clinical psychology and university teaching, I began photography late in life. (one-month shy of my 70th birthday). I always owned a camera before this time but rarely used it.
In 2008 I started photography courses at The International Center of Photography in NYC and never stopped until ten years later. Originally, I was interested in portrait photography but discovered street photography and became immersed in it.
I have been in about 180 group exhibitions. Some are by invitation and most are from contests. In addition, I have had 5 solo shows at New York Galleries and one in Germany. I have been a Finalist in many street photography festivals, worldwide and have been the winner of a few, including Miami Street Photography Festival.
This project is a departure from my usual street photography. When I moved into my apartment about eighteen years ago, I had not yet begun involvement with photography. I chose the apartment largely for the view of Central Park and Fifth Avenue across from the park. Shortly after I began studying photography, I started taking a few pictures out of the window. A bit later I became aware of the book by Ruth Orkin, “A World Through My Window”. Ruth Orkin had lived a few blocks further uptown than me and had a similar view. However, the street below was visible from her apartment, whereas it is not from mine. I decided to try to follow in Orkin’s footsteps. Over the years I glanced out of the window and if I saw interesting light or cloud formations (and many rainbows), I would take a picture. Pigeons were constantly flying but almost always, their flight path was too low to incorporate in the photos in a meaningful way. With a longer zoom lens, I also photographed people in the park. People are not included in the photos shown here. The current project is an edit of this collection.
In many ways, these photos are quite opposite from the street photography that has been my passion. I rarely take any landscape photos. People interacting in a street scene is what I try to do. Further, I use only a wide 28mm lens from three to six feet away. For this series I am far away and rely on a zoom lens. As I get older and walk outside less, I am glad to have the possibility of photographing from home and I have been doing more of it, probably with a better understanding of nuances of the light. The photographs have evolved from taking pictures of seasonal change to something hopefully more complex. [Official Website]