In the Piper Gallery during December . . .
Photography has been a great motivator for getting out and exploring the beauty that surrounds us -– sometimes obvious, and other times more subtle. I look at every photo-expedition as a treasure hunt. I’ve been very fortunate that my professional work has taken me around the United States and also to Europe and Asia, and these travels have given me the opportunity to explore faraway places with my camera in hand. Closer to home, I enjoy photo adventures with the Cape Ann Photography Excursion meetup.com group and Boston-area night photographers.
The Portuguese word “saudade” describes a deep, nostalgic longing for something or someone that one loves but that is now gone. I find myself drawn to creating images that capture a sense of saudade -- a wistfulness for places tied to the past, and hanging precariously onto the present.
My father was a talented amateur photographer. After being featured in many of his images as I was growing up, and being subjected to long waits on family vacations while he was searching for “the perfect angle,” I decided “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”! And that’s how, as a teenager, a lifelong avocation was born. I started out with hand-me-down film cameras from my father and made the switch to digital in 2004 with a Nikon DSLR. I’ve never had formal photography training, but have learned in the field through the trial-and-error that digital cameras afford. The complex digital post- processing that can be achieved on the computer is an art and science in its own right, and meshes well with my professional career as a computer scientist and software researcher.