Bruce’s Photography

I picked up a camera for the first time in 1981, when I lived in a zen center near Woodstock, New York, and went exploring to see what I could find. I couldn’t know it then, but many of my visual interests are the same 30-odd years on. I wanted the magical, the beautiful. And what I have found with my camera is consistently better than what I could have just imagined.

I count my mature work from 1990 when I moved from the East Coast to the desert Southwest, in Utah. In 2008 I moved back to the East Coast, in Maine.

I do not use tricks and gimmicks. That’s the fun of it. What you see is what I actually saw. I keep adjustments as simple as I can. Any outright changes, such as spotting, are cosmetic.

My work falls into the major areas of “The Desert Work,” “the Junkyard Series and other abstractions,” other landscapes, and “Time Frames.” The latter are sequences and collections of images designed to be seen together.

My last exhibition was at the Springville Museum of Art in Utah, in 1994, a show of fifty photographs. Lee Deffebach, the noted abstract expressionist, called it “spectacular.” Robert Monroe, of the Robert Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe, called my portfolio “The most beautiful color photographs I have ever seen.” Other professionals have also especially praised it, including Greg Gorman and Sam Abell.

From 1994 two major factors impeded my photography: continued declining health, and the transition to digital photography. I am now sufficiently competent in the latter to do my work, and it has much improved its ease and quality.

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