This is the oldest image in my portfolio.
There was a fire in my boyhood home during my senior year in high school, and this image, along with a tiny handful of others, survived only because they had been submitted to a juried art show and weren’t there when an electrical kitchen fire turned our home into an inferno.
My dad, a casual, but wonderful, painter wasn’t so lucky. Almost all of his work was hanging in our home at the time, and it didn’t survive the fire unscathed. I was much more upset for him and his work than I was for myself. I realized, even then, that I was a kid and would continue shooting all my life, while he wouldn’t have the same opportunity to re-build his portfolio. I was right. After the fire, he couldn’t bring himself to paint for many years.
At the time, I loved darkroom experimentation and manipulation. This shot was a superimposition of a tower in Old Westbury (Long Island) combined with a shot taken off the TV of Bobby Kennedy early in his race for the presidency, circa 1968. I was a Kennedy supporter. The Kennedy photo (taken just to see if I could actually capture an image off the TV) was taken less than six months before his assassination at age 42.
I’ve always loved this shot, assembled when I was 18.
I was surprised to realize that I’d never added it to this website.