There was a time, not so many years ago when the Connecticut Valley was alive with farms that reached as far south as the hills outside New Haven. Falcon was born to that world. His early years were marked by adventures that lie somewhere between Tom Sawyer and the Grapes of Wrath. Many of those experiences have found life in his short stories and a soon to be finished novel. Falcon’s passion for sunsets, still life moments that frame the passing of natural beauty and mark those moments of human life that linger in our memories, the hallmark of much of his photography, are rooted in these early years.
Falcon brings an eclectic collection of experiences to his work. He was educated at Fordham, Yale and Emory Universities and holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology. As an academic he is a published scholar. Falcon has also spent much of his adult life working in technology. In 1998, the same year he began working in photography, he was awarded a prestigious Computerworld-Smithsonian Medal for his accomplishments in technology. A poet and writer, a number of his pieces have been published in literary magazines, Falcon’s photographic work reflects the eclectic contours of his life.
Falcon’s sojourn into photography began late in 2000 in Basel, Switzerland and quickly became his passion. As much as his work has changed over the past six years, Falcon’s fascination with light and shadow remain. Usually working with only ambient light, his work is known for its rich textures, deep colors and unusual perspective. His early work included documentary photo essays on St Augustine’s Church in Brooklyn, the brownstone architecture of West Prospect Park (Brooklyn), as well as major projects that focus on loneliness, grief, and memory. A study of abandoned agricultural buildings begun in 2002 remains a work in progress. He has won a number of awards for his work, “Tracy (06)” received The Gold Award from Digital Camera World of the UK in 2003. In 2005, his photo, “Desire,” was also featured in Digital Camera World. In September, 2005, the world premier of The Face of Woman was held in Greensboro, NC. Featuring work by JD and Falcon, the show was a collection of more than sixty photos taken over a two and a half year period that began with the series which included “Tracy (06)”.
In 2008, the firm’s largest show opened at The Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College in Danville, KY. The show featured 2500 square feet of the documentary photography of the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill. In 2009, Michelle7, perhaps the best known fine art nude photography web site, featured five of Falcon’s series and a sixth was the cover the site’s ezine in August, 2009.
In the past six years Falcon’s work has appeared in many publications in the Unites States and in numerous galleries. In August of 2006 NyghtFalcon Photography was named to DxO Lab’s Image Masters program. “We selected NyghtFalcon,” Luc Marin, Vice President of the Photography Business at DxO Labs said, “because of their professional and creative vision. They’re really skilled at capturing the details of an emotion and we were struck by their artistry in a variety of subjects. Their work is also of very high technical quality.”