I make my living as a portrait photographer, specializing in Headshots for actors, performers, corporate executives, politicians, writers, families, children, and anyone who needs a compelling, attractive, and accurate image to present to the world. The best technique I know of to keep my style fresh and my skill-set expanding is to experiment and constantly push myself to learn different tools and implement their use. I use my personal work as a laboratory where I conceive of an image and work it through to completion. My current interest is using light and shade in a more dramatic and contrasty way. With the advent of digital photography and the availability of lighting lessons online, the amount of people who can slap a softbox on a strobe and create a soft even light has made it feel overused and boring to me. It takes more skill to carve and shape with light and shadow. And it takes practice to learn which modifiers to use and fine tune how to place the light for maximum effect.
This year we met Sarah Gaugler, the owner of Snow Tattoo, a unique private tattoo studio in Chelsea. Anyone who has met Sarah or perhaps seen her perform in her band, Turbo Goth, has felt the impact of her charisma and creativity. And Kerry-Lou and I have been wanting to collaborate with her on an image, and finally had the time to develop a concept and shoot it. A “Succubus” is a mythological female demon who visits men at night and steals their souls (and perhaps tattoos her brand upon their vanquished bodies). Shout outs go to Sarah Gaugler as the Succubus, Flynn Skidmore as the hapless victim, Sarah’s Hair, Make-up and Horns by Kerry-Lou Brehm, and Flynn’s Hair, Make-up, and Tattoos by Nicolae Rita. Here is “Succubus”…
My fine art photography is currently on display at the Contemporary Art and Editions gallery in Millburn, NJ. Here is a profile from the local newspaper…
Contemporary Art and Editions
“Edgy Suburbia” is an oxymoron. Thankfully, on rare occasion it shows up in one form or another like a breath of fresh city air as did ‘Contemporary Art and Editions’ a fine art gallery on Essex Street in downtown Millburn. The gallery, a pristine and modern open space, shows contemporary art with an energy not readily available in suburban galleries.
Currently showing at Contemporary Art and Editions are limited editions by the preeminent photo realist, American artist Robert Cottingham. Taking 4.5 years of collaboration between Cottingham, Smith and master printer Gary Lichenstein to create 100 print portfolios of 12 Cottingham images each, the process of creating fine prints of this level is artistic, technical, and collaborative. Prints are offered invidually, framed or unframed. Entire portfolios of the 12 Cottingham images are offered in a handmade linen portfolio case, impressed with the title of the portfolio.
Also on display at Contemporary Art and Editions are pieces from Chinese artists Liu Baomin, Huang Yan and Sui Jianguo, the master Chinese sculptor who recently joined Pace Gallery in Bejing. Black and white photography by Arturo Toulinov, David LaChapelle, Joe Henson and Horst, amongst many others, are available, as well.
Upcoming is a show premiering the limited edition prints of the collages of star architect Richard Meir. Not to be missed, this is the first show of the collages, printed for Meir by Greg Smith.”
I was so excited to see my name sandwiched between David LaChappelle and Horst, two of my all time favorite gods of photography. One can only hope for guilt by association! If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by and have a look!
We’re excited to present my interview on “Destination Montclair”, an interview show based in my hometown which features profiles of local artists. It was my first TV interview (besides my celebrated appearance on Romper Room in 1960!). It was shot live, with no rehearsal, a bit nervewracking, but at least no Albert Brooks flop sweat! Please watch and enjoy…http://bit.ly/bH7Wmf