Al's photography focuses primarily on fine art landscapes and innovative abstract imagery. He has been published numerous times in such magazines as Lenswork, B&W Magazine and China Photographer. He also was selected for several editions of Lenswork magazine, published books series, “Seeing in Sixes”, “Looking at Images” and this “Magnificent Planet”. Lenswork is also in the process of publishing a monograph of Al’s imagery from Acadia National Park.
Al has also been featured in several gallery exhibitions and is represented and on permanent display at The Gallery at Somes Sound, on Mount Desert Island in Maine as well as the Water Street Studio Artist Collective Gallery in Batavia, Illinois.
Al’s images begin with a photograph, but often evolve into complex multimedia artifacts, involving careful digital manipulation, including texturing and layering, as well as use of exotic papers, paints, metals, and coatings such as waxes, resins, glazes and varnishes. Al also employs printing techniques that include polymer photogravure engravings.
The key takeaway of Al's program will be the importance of continually returning to what attracted us all to photography at the very beginning of our journey……before we were influenced by rules, expectations or had any deep technical knowledge. The freedom and naivete allowed the amateur is incredibly powerful because an amateur’s work is a deeply honest and personal expression. As professionals, Al believes we need to return to that state-of-mind as best we can and as often as we can. This is why personal projects are so vital if we are to remain fresh and honest in our work. Personal projects have no client expectations, criteria for success or predefined framework. We are free to be ourselves! Thus, his program will stress the importance of prioritizing and making space for personal work…..work that is deeply connected to the way we see, interpret and feel about the world. Al believes personal work is VITAL to our creative growth and essential to long term success as a photographer……no matter what area of photography we practice…..even fine art photography.