I discovered my passion for creating artistic images during the process of becoming a fashion photographer. I realized, only retrospectively, that my whole life had been devoted to beauty in many different forms.
My formal education and subsequent study in pure mathematics and theoretical physics was always more about formal beauty and the beauty of the universe than about the truth of the theories. Although this may be surprising to outsiders, it is really not that uncommon among workers in this field. My youthful heroes, like Einstein, were attracted to the beauty even more than to the truth of scientific creations.
This obsession with formal beauty, in mathematics we call it ‘elegance’, informs all my work. Many image makers and image connoisseurs embrace the unplanned, even unstructured approach to image making. This approach to art-making comes in and out of style, but I confess I’ve never been able to understand or appreciate this way of seeing and portraying the world.
I always feel that life is too short and time too pressured and precious not to penetrate to the essence of what is really important. My entire life has been a turning away from trivialities in a society that seems to become ever more preoccupied with the trivial. Even when it comes to having fun, I think it should be experienced in a serious, penetrating way.
My other lifelong passion has been music, and the beauty of key classical works, especially Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart as well as numerous pop works like Leonard Cohen, Cat Power, and thousands of others are a constant source of inspiration and pleasure. I try to incorporate the feeling and rhythm of music into my visual work.
Fashion photography is one of those genres which is open to creating art while doing our work. When doing other work as a commercial photographer, I try for artistry, because art per se is not usually possible.
My favorite subject matter is female beauty, but the actual subject of much of my work is interiority and our experience of life as expressed through mood. I create pretty pictures of pretty girls, but what I always hope to reveal is the depth of human experience as manifested through intense feelings and moods.
My artistic-philosophical interests are the sublime, presence, and the privileged moment especially as they relate to beauty. This follows from my spiritual/mystical philosophy and reveals the meaning of human life.