I’m a self-taught photographer, and as a former research scientist, I thrive on experimentation. I use my camera to create the images I see in my mind’s eye, and build my scenes around concepts and ideas. I never want to lose the fun of the creative process, and I try not to take any perceived tenet of art too seriously. My photos often show the beauty in the freakish and unexpected juxtapositions. I very much like to combine the elements of lurid colors, goth, and mainstream cultural references, a style I lovingly refer to as dark kitsch. Alternative photo processes like cyanotyping allow me even more freedom and are becoming a mainstay of my creative process.
You can contact me at tworats2love at yahoo dot com.
“Shades of Blue: Cyanotype Impressions”, October 2019, Marblehead Arts Association, Marblehead, MA
“Thought Processes”, December 2017, at ReachArts Gallery, Swampscott, MA. Read Mary Reines’ cool article about the show here.
“A walk along the beach”, June 2015, Swampscott library, Swampscott, MA
Judge, Photographic Society of America (PSA), Large Photoclub Publications, 2020
Artist-in-Residence, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, New York July/August 2019
Editor, The Filter, magazine of the Greater Lynn Photographic Association, 2017-18
Moderator, studio 26, 2015-2019 – intense theme-based projects, photography group on flickr
GROUP EXHIBITS (small excerpt):
“Gaia”, January-April 2020, at ReachArts Gallery, Swampscott, MA. Series of 10 photographs.
“Lasting impressions”, August 2017 (12 images) in Grosvenor Gallery, Salem, MA
“Exposure 2015”, Durango, CO (won Excellence award)
“Les livres” (‘The books’), 2006, 15th arrondissement, Paris, France (Won 1st place)
Marblehead Wicked Local newspaper, Nov 19, 2017 – interviewed by Mary Reines about my ‘Thought Processes’ solo show (online and print version)
01907 The Magazine (Summer 2017 issue) – interviewed for a feature article about Swampscott’s artistic community: ‘Reach for the stars’
ReachArts visual artist of the month (Feb 2016) – interview by Swampscott’s artist community group (http://www.reacharts.com/#!artists/cfvg)
Photofan (French photography magazine) issue #4 (Feb-Apr 2005) “Tendresse en N&B” (‘Tenderness in black and white’), 5 page portfolio spread of b&w nudes