Greetings.

I am a New York City based photographer.

My work includes portraits and headshots that go beyond the superficial, cityscapes and city life that tell a story, and images of wildlife, birds, and flora that capture moments of natural beauty.

Portraits and Headshots

We can shoot outdoors, in a studio, or I can bring the studio to your home or office. I will put you at ease and help you to drop in to your authentic self. You can see portrait samples here: Portraits. And you can contact me with any questions here: Contact.

Prints

Prints are available in a variety of sizes and finishes. Images range from cityscapes to urban drama to landscapes to flora to wildlife. See them here under "Print Shop": Homepage.

I also offer Metal Prints

Images are infused onto a thin sheet of aluminyzed metal for a unique and bold look.

If you are in New York City and are interested in Metal Prints

we can arrange for me to stop by and show you some samples without obligation. These really need to be seen in person.

 

A personal note about how I got started with photography:


I was born and raised in New York City.

As a child in the sixties and a teen in the seventies I never went into Central Park. In my late twenties and early thirties I did a lot of cycling and rode around the Park more times than I can possibly remember. But, still, I never really went into the Park. At that time I worked as an actor and was fortunate to study with David Mamet and William H. Macy.

In May of 2005 my father had a quadruple bypass at Mount Sinai Hospital. There were complications and he ended up being hospitalized for five weeks. That was the first of four big hospital stays over a two year period.


Mount Sinai is on the East side of Central Park, on Fifth Avenue in the low 100’s. I was living on the West side of the Park, on 106th Street. To ease a bit of the stress I started walking back and forth across the Park during my visits to the hospital.

That's how I started taking photographs.

The year before I had purchased my first digital camera. When I walked across the Park for those hospital visits I started carrying a camera every day. I had to. I’d started noticing things I’d never noticed before.

Carrying a camera makes me feel more connected to the world around me. More present. More in the moment.

Photography took a hold of me with a sense of passion and purpose. The same sense of passion and purpose I'd had when I was acting. I read books, scoured internet sites, and took classes at the International Center of Photography in New York City. I also began attending free seminars at the B&H Photo Event Space, one of New York City's great free resources for photographers.

With time I discovered that I had the ability, from my acting background, to put people at ease and help them drop in during their portrait sessions (See them here: Portraits). I discovered the patience it takes to capture images of birds and the joy in succeeding (See them here: Wildlife). I discovered the beauty of daily life captured with my iPhone (See it here: iPhoneography). And, I discovered the joy of saying hello and connecting with random strangers on the street (See them here: Agreeable Strangers).

As the years pass I continue to make discoveries about how, and what, I photograph. There is always more technique to learn. But the technique is only there in service of the humanity. To make a connection.

Whether with a person, a beautiful landscape, a bird, or the sometimes gritty city, it's always about the connection.

Please contact me with any questions about prints or headshot/portrait sessions: Contact

Cheers,

Charles