Photographer & Writer
A Rhode Island native and extensive traveler, Paul is an internationally recognized color photographer and skilled journalistic writer. His expression in images, words and design reflect a blend of his lifelong interests in art, nature, technology, aviation, urban life and societal change.
Early in his career, Paul’s photographic and journalistic experiences earned him a scholarship to Medill School of Journalism’s Summer Institute at Northwestern University. That empowering experience combined with opportunities to participate in Boston’s fast-growing software, networking and consulting hi-tech communities took him to many parts of the world which helped hone his vision and appreciation for widely divergent perspectives.
His approach to photography and life is to remain open, trust his instincts and discard labels that are divisive. He uses technology to increase his creative options and productivity but not to replace his vision and responsibility. Among those who have influenced his expression are documentary photographers Dorothea Lange and Helen Levitt, natural light photographer Jay Maisel, painter and photojournalist Librado “Lee” Romero, print-maker and pin-hole photographer Walter “Rusty” Crump, and designer and artist Ken Done.
Paul is a firm believer in giving back to the community through his photography and writing. Drawing on his aviation background, he was the lead author and photographer on three photo-oriented books related to the Rhode Island National Guard’s award-winning annual air show and their international military parachuting competition known as Leapfest. He has donated his skills to community efforts in several states.
Paul lives in Jamestown, RI, under the watchful guidance of his fearless kitty, Hailey, as well as others.
“My photography remains a work in progress. I am very much a visual traveler who interacts with people, places, objects and ideas on a variety of levels through several planes of vision that intersect with time and space. At those intersections, I may capture a moment and portray it with my implied perspective. The journeys to those intersections afford the opportunity to see, and perhaps become intrigued by what I am experiencing.
Often the story telling aspects of the photographic art form capture my attention and motivate a series of related images. Although my perspective is predominantly reality-based, I acknowledge not only the subjective nature of what I portray in my images, but an interest in pursuing at times more abstract images.
To the extent that my images enrich the experience and vision of others, I feel that I have achieved a way of communicating that is unique to me as a photographer.”
Artist website- www.HarmonicThreads.com.