Urban Blight I'm not sure why but I am attracted to
the darker side of America. Large cities such as Detroit,
Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Chicago, all have areas we
as Americans should be ashamed of; and ought to be doing
something about. These are images shot mostly with a Hasselblad
Black & White
Urban People Series I started this series in 1988
and have worked on it every year since. I started this
series using a Plaubel Makina 6x7cm folding camera but
switched to my Hasselblad 500cm for its quiter shutter
(with the mirror pre-released). These are all taken with
a wide angle lenses standing 3 feet from the subject.
Ihave great fun with this project. I am constantly amazed
just how close I can get to certain people and they don't
notice I'm in their face! Tokyo was the most difficult
city to photograph in. quite often I would be the only
non-asian in the area so people noticed me and my camera
like no other instance.
I started painting after seeing images I knew I could
never capture on film. I have had just a few painting
classes, one on color theory/mixing and one on design.
I decided early on I shouldn't take more classes as I
liked the style I quickly developed and I didn't want
some painting expert to correct all the mistakes I was
(no doubt) making. I get a kick out of looking at my older
paintings and I enjoy making new ones; that's what counts
Prints and Cards are available upon request. Please
email me with the image number.
Photographic tips. A few tips I would pass along:
worry more about taking photos than what you take the
photos with. Consider using techniques such as hyper-focus
to control what you want to be in focus. Learn the Sunny-16
rule and switch off you auto-everything camera.
Boina I am excited and proud to announce the opening
of my gallery/work space/espresso bar; Studio Boina in
A combination of gallery space, painting area, photo office,
and espresso bar. When in Ballard do stop by (best to
call first about opening times).