The artistic philosophy that has inspired me in composing my photographs over the last fifty plus years is really quite simple: It is to capture something extraordinary in what is otherwise commonplace to the casual observer. I am fortunate that the gallery which represents me in Montreal, Beaux Arts David Astrof, has shared my point of view. While the artist’s conception is important in-so-far-as it expresses something original (and/or freshens how we perceive the world around us), I believe it is equally important that the concept be inspiring and not merely cleverly unique.
Photography is not currently my main source of income. My livelihood is management consultation work which takes me around the world. It is traveling, with its expatriate experience of being apart from the familiar, which infects my vision and shapes my choice of perspective. This fuels my inspiration to create a photograph imbued with the magic of that particular setting at that particular moment in time. While travel is a big part of what motivates my creative process, it is this “stranger in a strange land” experience which influences all my work.
In my last solo exhibition with Beaux Arts David Astrof, my selection of photographs was purposefully non-thematic. Rather, the presentation of the photographs was intended to produce a show that in and of itself was conceptual. My presentation included black matted and framed photographs ranging in size from 12 x 18 to 24 x 36 inches and unframed montages ...