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1. When and how did you start practicing photography? While in college pursuing my degree in architecture, I spent a semester studying photography. We were required to use a manual camera (fortunately I was able to obtain one), and had to develop our shots in a dark room, so I learned — Continue reading …



1. When and how did you start practicing photography?

While in college pursuing my degree in architecture, I spent a semester studying photography. We were required to use a manual camera (fortunately I was able to obtain one), and had to develop our shots in a dark room, so I learned that entire process. While it was interesting, I have to admit that I believe digital was the best thing to happen in photography, being able to see your image immediately on the LCD as opposed to having to wait for a print. This allows you to focus on composition, which is most important to me, although one must certainly have command of the basic technical details of camera operation (aperture, shutter speed, the impact of lighting, etc.) as this is essential in forming your compositional perspective.

Empire State Building Framed View

2. What type of camera do you use and why?

I shoot with Canon digital for no other reason than it was the camera brand used by the person who essentially served as my mentor when I was first interested in seriously pursuing photography as a form of artistic expression so I started with it. I have never had a reason or curiosity to try another brand, and have been completely satisfied with the Canon line, and recommend it.

3. How would you define your style? Do you focus on particular subject matters?

I see photography as a form of artistic expression, and am therefore interested in a variety of subject matter. I simply have a definitive need to convey my own artistic perspective, and as such, I really rather not shoot a particular subject if I can’t do so from my own unique perspective. I am indeed inspired by my peers and don’t feel a sense of competition with them. However, if (when) I see a shot from another photographer that I particularly admire, I would never copy it – often times I will see a great shot and wish that I would have captured it because it’s similar to how I would have seen it, but I won’t then copy it in my own work. Of course the possibility exists that there may be shots of mine that happen to be similar to another artist, but this is coincidence, and again never by intent. It’s a combination of respect and confidence in my own creative vision, without being limited in my growth as an artist. I am constantly inspired by the work of other artists. I would describe my style simply as the conveying of my own unique perspective.

4. What or who are your inspirations?

I love great art no matter who happens to be the artist, and I find inspiration in a plethora of stimuli. The beauty of art is that all it requires is honesty, a sincere response to an emotional stimuli. Good or bad is relative to the eye of the beholder, sincerity is absolute. So there are a host of photographers whose work I admire – the result (the image) is the attraction, and as such, whenever I come upon an inspiring image, its creator becomes someone whom I admire, whoever that may happen to be. There are, and have been so many talented artists, both unknown and infamous, alive and no longer with us, be it in photography, music, architecture, poetry, performance – there should be room for all of us. The forces of the universe provide a wealth of stimuli for which a response is inspired, and I am impacted accordingly. My response may be expressed via photography, poetry, essay, architecture, or any combination of these, and is always sincere, emanating from my heart and/or mind.

Still Life At Ocean

5. Do you have a dream subject or location that you would love to shoot?

I love Hawaii, and believe that it is the most beautiful place on earth. Perhaps there are places just as beautiful, but none moreso. I go there to center my soul, to polish my peace shield so that I can better take on the forces of the universe. I am very much inspired being there – it is the dream location that I have been fortunate to experience repeatedly.   The dream location that I have yet to experience is Egypt. For as long as I can remember I have been innately mesmerized by the Pyramids at Giza in particular, and the other remnants of Egyptian antiquity in general. If I could be transported back to a particular time in history, I would like it to be the time when all of that was new – with my camera in hand of course (hey, it’s my fantasy! :-) – as beautiful as it all is in ruin, I can only imagine the splendor of it all when it was new. If this journey that is my life finds me transitioning from it without having visited Egypt, and the Pyramids, et al, then my life will have been unfulfilled. So I hope to make it there as soon as circumstances allow.

6. Where can the majority of your work be seen?

The majority of my work can be seen on my website at

A.M. Solitude II

7. You studied Architecture in school. How is this creative pursuit connected to your photography?

Like photography, I also see architecture as a form of artistic expression. It likewise requires the command and application of its associated technical aspects (construction) in order to bring it to form; however, I don’t separate this from its artistic essence. My innate predisposition is toward modern design. Essentially, I summarize the connection between photography and architecture via the best definition that I have ever heard for both: Art: The recording of a response to an emotional stimuli. Architecture: The design and construction of beautiful structures and spaces suitable for human habitation. Inherent in both of these is the requirement for sincerity of expression from the originator of the work. In my opinion the connection is a natural one, and based solely on the definition of both as forms of artistic expression (music (likewise essential to my life) can also be thrown in the mix).

FLW: Guggenheim IX

8. You grew up in Englewood, New Jersey and many of your photographs are shot in New York City. Can you discuss the impact of growing up so close to this epicenter of art and culture?

Actually I was born in Englewood but grew up in the city until high school. It is the epicenter of art and culture indeed, the most awesome city in the world in my opinion. I am attracted to the commingling of its dynamism and the fact that one can find a relative personal calm amid it all – at least I can – and this provides creative inspiration for me.

9. Your photographs make use of a variety of perspectives. How do you decide at the time which point of view will work best for the photograph?

Herein lies the sincerity factor in that, I’m always intent on capturing a different perspective because innately, I see things differently, I see the world differently. So it comes down to conveying/sharing my unique perspective. If I’ve already seen it, I don’t want to repeat it in my images. It brings me great satisfaction that I consistently hear from others, in response to my images, that they recognize the conveyance of my unique perspective, that this comes through to them.

Morning Haze At The GWB II

10. You say that you have an interest in conveying your creative vision through diverse mediums. In what other mediums do you work and what impact does a varied approach to art-making have on your photographic process?

Well, I’m a photographer, a designer (structures and interiors) (I can’t officially call myself an architect yet until I’m licensed, which I am pursuing), a poet, a writer. Examples of all of these may be found on my website with the exception of my architectural designs. The manifestation of my creative vision for all of these applications comes from the same place – my soul. My response to the forces of the universe, and the recording of it in my own voice, confident in my perspective, yet open to the possibilities that may broaden my vision. To see A.D.’s PrintedArt collection, visit his portfolio.

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