I am large, I contain multitudes
Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that has heart.
— Don Juan, according to Carlos Castaneda
And yonder all before us lie/Deserts of vast eternity.
— Andrew Marvell, To his Coy Mistress
Webster was much possessed by death/And saw the skull beneath the skin
— T.S. Eliot, Whispers of Immortality
While many say that an artist must concentrate on a tiny part of experience, my idea is just the opposite. The world is so large and varied (and so am I) that many things capture my attention and my fancy: modern ruins (large factories, mainly), industrial photography, still life (natura morta: post mortem, in fact), portraits, nudes, but the list is long.
Regardless of these different facets, my main theme is death or, to put it less bluntly, the impermanence of human things. I find beauty and dignity in silent decay. At the same time, I am deeply interested in metaphysics. In this apparently aimless cycle of life and death, is there something that stays immutable? And, from another perspective, is there anything that can exorcise the horror of existence and death?
For most of my life I've been a computer scientist, and, not surprisingly, I strive for mathematical elegance: all and only what is needed, nothing more, nothing less. Image composition is deeply influenced by my lifelong interest in painters from Duccio to contemporaries.
I use Sony digital cameras and a variety of film cameras, from 6x6 to 20x25 cm large format cameras.
Influences: Lao Tzu, Giorgio de Chirico (early), Piero della Francesca, GB Piranesi, Felice e Francesco Casorati, Edward Hopper, Jean-Loup Sieff, Arthur Tress, Arnold Newman, Edward Weston