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In a place teeming with people, NYC possesses a unique type of loneliness that I've only experienced there. It looks a lot like this.

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With the precision of a Broadway cast, this group does show after carefully scripted show.

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The man of means, girded in the steely colors of the buildings around him.

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We are alone with our shadows.

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About Don

Baltimore County

I started taking pictures when I was 10.  I was fascinated by every part of the process that was required to make images using film.  After making pictures for over 4 decades, my favorite subject is still the people that I find every day.   Whether they are captured candidly or rendered in a studio, film or digital, portraits give us a unique opportunity to study another person intimately and up close.  And we can do it shamelessly in a lingering, unblinking manner that would never... more

21 Days - NYC

I worked in NYC for 8 years in the late 90's. It was loud, dirty and a bit dangerous if you weren't familiar with it's rhythms and the places to avoid. It was a city of contrasts. Of winners and losers. Those that were "them" and those that were "us". I didn't know it at the time, but I was front row center at a time of transition for the city, led by Rudolph Guiliani and epitomized by dramatic changes like the Disneyfication of Times Square. Seemingly overnight the rough edges of the city were rounded off, and places no New Yorker ever went became packed with tourists, chain stores and art galleries.

I returned 25 years later to record the people I found there today. Native New Yorkers and tourists alike. Not surprisingly, like much of America, the contrasts were even more apparent than they were before. It seemed like every measurable attribute had been pushed to a new extreme. This is 21 Days in NYC through my eyes.

Post 9/11.
Post Guiliani.
Post Obama.

  • store.jpg

    In a place teeming with people, NYC possesses a unique type of loneliness that I've only experienced there. It looks a lot like this.
  • suited.jpg

    The man of means, girded in the steely colors of the buildings around him.
  • BodyBuilder.jpg

    Male - 2 Examples.
  • performers.jpg

    With the precision of a Broadway cast, this group does show after carefully scripted show.
  • Shoot.jpg

    Chasing fame across the Crossroads of the World.
  • bridge.jpg

    Closer still and far away.
  • tunnel.jpg

    We are alone with our shadows.
  • matinee.jpg

    On the way to the Matinee.
  • subway.jpg

    A quiet moment waiting for the Downtown N train.

Portraits - Dichotomy

A collection of portraits of people who I knew well or had only just met.

Each situation brought a different challenge as I sought to either connect with someone I'd only just met, or create as honest a portrait as I could of a friend or collegue.

The 16x20" black and white prints are hand-colored with oils.

  • Paul and James

    Paul and James
    Stuck in Bumper to Bumper Traffic, I pulled over and met Paul (L) and James (R) working on the road.
  • Peter and Cheryl

    Peter and Cheryl
    I knew Peter in the course of my work at the time. His girlfriend Cheryl was not pleased that I was there.
  • Albert

    Albert
    Albert is my Grandfather. He is seated in his kitchen, which like the rest of the house remained unchanged since the passing of his wife in the early 1960s.
  • Sara

    Sara
    Sara is an accomplished artist who I've known for many years.
  • Martha

    Martha
    Martha is an art historian with the Corcoran.
  • Linda

    Linda
    Linda is a veterinarian and a research scientist with the government.
  • Hope

    Hope
    Hope was a client of a company I worked for. She is now a novelist.
  • Charles, Sally, Charles Jr.

    Charles, Sally, Charles Jr.
    I met this family working at a State Fair
  • Chris

    Chris
    Chris is a accomplished photographer and has been a friend since I was a child.
  • Mike

    Mike
    Mike accompanied me to the edge of a runway. I was there on assignment to photograph the jets as they passed closely overhead.

Monterey

I had to travel to Monterey, the weekend when my Grandfather passed away.

When a person passes it seems inevitable that you reflect on the things that you did with them and the things that you didn't.

I realized that we had never gone to the beach together.

I had brought some equipment with me on assignment and so when I heard that he was gone, I walked the beach with a Polaroid camera and took photographs of the vacation that we never had. Using special film which produces both a negative to keep and a print to give away, I presented each of my compatriots with the original print.

Hampden

This series was part of a "Day in the Life" in Hampden, Md.
It was part of the 100 anniversary of the founding of the town.

The first image in the series (we were only allowed to show one) was used for the invitation for the gallery show.

Keansburg, NJ

Stand on nearly any beach on the New Jersey Coast and throw a stone. You will likely hit a boardwalk with an amusement park.

Keansburg is one such place. At just the right level of disrepair and mired in deferred maintenance, it was still a place of joy for the kids who were too young to notice.

Travels

I've been lucky in that I have been able to travel around the US and abroad.
I usually carry a camera with me and sometimes I get lucky with it as well.

  • Rick

    Rick
    Rick is a Farrier who takes care of horses at Fairs up and down the Eastern Seaboard.
  • Buster (Dog)

    Buster (Dog)
    I was making a picture of Haystack Rock in Oregon. Buster wanted to be part of it.
  • Devon

    Devon
    Devon was playing his heart out on a cold San Francisco day.
  • Grandmother, Son

    Grandmother, Son
    Colorado outside of Denver.
  • Honor Flight

    Honor Flight
    WWII Memorial
  • Eyes

    Eyes
    A cow and her kid.
  • Fragile

    Fragile
    Shelley in the Subway with a Snow Globe.
  • Flag

    Flag
    Patterson Park
  • Friends

    Friends
    Ocean City, MD.

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