My passion of photography began when I was six years old. I had just moved from Queens New York to New Jersey and my father bought a Brownie 127 film camera that I was allowed to use. Later, I built myself a darkroom in my father’s basement.
I have always loved architecture, and to me bridges are the pinnacles of civil engineering. I first started photographing bridges with a 4×5 monorail camera but I realized that it would not work if I were photographing on the main cables and eyebars of the bridges. Since I have absolutely no fear of heights my visualization would not be hindered. I did use my Leica R5 for some close-up work, taking advantage of the great depth of field, but I needed a larger format for bigger enlargements. I then decided to use my Hasselblad 2000 FCW. With the 40 mm Distagon lens it became my workhorse camera. It provided the larger negative but I had to contend with bridge vibration and wind. Then I saw an ad for a camera gyroscope. I figured that would correct my camera shake problem. After first renting the Ken-Lab KS-8 Gyro, I found that it worked perfectly and I purchased it. The Gyro was one of my best investments as 99% of my images were taken with the Hasselblad/Gyro combination.