About the Photographer

Biography
I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in New York City. I earned a degree in Electrical Engineering at The City College of New York and have worked in the satellite industry my entire career. I first got interested in photography as a young adult, when I took a cross-country car trip, and took photographs in several national parks along the way. I toured the Badlands of South Dakota, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, the Grand Tetons, and into Oregon's Crater Lake. My interest in photography grew when I moved to California in 1977 and set up my first darkroom, in a bathroom. I eventually built a large, fully equipped darkroom to handle 4x5 negatives, in 1983. Moving to California has allowed me to be close to many national parks in my state as well as in surrounding states, where there are many great places to photograph.
Roger photographing in his favorite place: Yosemite Valley

Artist Vision Statement

‚ÄčMy photography is an extension of my desire to communicate to others the beauty I see in the natural world, and my love for nature, unspoiled by our modern civilization. This unspoiled landscape is rapidly disappearing, and I think that we should be reminded how incredible the world is, and my images are my part in informing and communicating this to others. In a selfish vein, my images are my way of remembering the great feelings I had when I took the pictures, and what it felt like to be out in the cold morning air, or in a rain with lush green vegetation all around me. The exhilaration I felt when I took the pictures is what I try to capture in my photographs. If others can have the same sense of my excitement when they see my images, then I think I have succeeded. I want to make photographs that show how wonderful the world still is, and that we should do all we can to preserve and renew it. 

My Process

My passion for photography began in 1974 using a 35 mm film SLR camera. I did not like the results I was getting using Fotomat to print my images, so when I moved to California in 1977 I built a darkroom in my garage and started printing photographs myself. But the images were still not what I wanted, so I studied the art of photography and eventually used a larger format film camera, the Yashicamat 124 twin lens camera. This camera gave me a 2 1/4 inch negative, which provided a better negative for my black and white prints than the 1 1/2 inch 35mm film. Soon after I went  to a Pentax 6x7 camera, which was a better camera with a larger negative. Finally, I graduated to the 4x5 inch negatives used by a view camera. At last I had the quality and negative size that could make fine art images at large size prints. The large negative provides the resolution, smooth tonality and fine grain that does not compete with the subjects in the image. But even more importantly to me is that the view camera requires more contemplation and devotion to composition than smaller format cameras do. The ground glass allows me to see the image in a two-dimensional format, as it will also be on the printed paper. Also, the image appears upside down and backward, which allows me to observe the edges of the image more clearly, without the distraction of the subject dominating the image. The viewfinder of an SLR tends to focus the user on the central subject, and possibly miss the patterns, forms and shapes of the image.

As my camera capabilities increased, so did my darkroom capabilities. I had to use enlargers that could handle the large negatives and trays that could make large prints. So in 1988 I built a large darkroom in my new home. This was a 200 square foot darkroom that was air conditioned, carpeted, had 4 speaker stereo, a microwave oven and small refrigerator for print drying and storing film and paper. In this darkroom I could spend many hours developing negatives and making prints in comfort!


Then came the digital revolution... I tried early digital camera, but they could not produce the image quality i was accustomed to from my large format negatives. By 2006 digital cameras improved their resolution and noise limitation and thus became usable for making fine art prints up to 16x20 inches, so I purchased a DSLR, the Canon 21 MP 5D Mark II (I now use a Nikon 36 MP D800E camera).

As digital photography became more popular and film and darkroom paper became more scarce, I took up Adobe's Photoshop for image control and digital printing. But I still wanted to print my 4x5 and other film images digitally, so I purchased a professional scanner, the Epson V750 Pro scanner. This scanner could scan my negatives at a high enough resolution, with minimal noise, so that the image files could be printed with a digital printer. I scan the 4x5 negatives at 2400 dpi or 3200 dpi at 16 bit color depth and get a file that is the equivalent resolution of a 180 MP camera! These files can be printed at 300 dpi up to 32x40 inches without enlarging the file.

Since 2006 I have used a digital SLR camera and print with a digital printer. With a digital camera, I take pictures in color. I can then decide whether to convert them to black and white images or leave them in color.

With either my scanned film images or my digital camera images I use professional inkjet printers that can produce archival (can last for 75 years without fading under normal conditions) images that have the same qualities as my darkroom prints have. These printers produce images with good clean whites, and deep blacks, similar to my darkroom silver-emulsion prints, and they also have vibrant, natural looking colors. I use a Spyder color calibration system to calibrate my screen and prints in order to produce natural looking landscapes.
This is My Print Room (Shows the Epson Printers)

Galleries and Shows

I have had several one-man shows in fine art galleries in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas, including the Forest and Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach, the Huntington Beach Library, The ArtiSan Juan gallery in San Juan Capistrano, The Center for Creative Photography, in San Juan Capistrano, and the "Off the Wall" gallery at Cypress College. I also have been part of group shows at the Art Museum in La Habra, the Irvine Fine Art Gallery, Chemers Gallery in Irvine, Borders Book Store in Mission Viejo, CA. I have been in the Laguna Beach Art-A-Fair in 2012 and 2013 and have been in the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts in 2014, 2015, 2016, and wiull be there again in 2017. Hopoe to see you there!

See the page on the Festival of Arts for more information.