ABOUT GERARD

                               Candy Man
Sitting in the image
              long haired long faced,
              waiting.
Sipping coffee
              listening to misplaced Donovan,
              waiting.
Wanton flowers
              in search of happiness,
              waiting.
Waiting for the candy man.

                               © May 1968

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Photo Gerard This is the place where I am supposed to tell you something about myself so let me start by quoting an old saying that I think may describe me best ".... a rolling stone gathers no moss".

I'm a dreamer and a lover and I've often felt like an explorer but for this website's purpose I am a photographer. In certain ways I'm a little different than most photographers but many think I am a good one. Primarily I am a realist so I don't soft focus either myself or my work with pixie dust. Not to date myself but as I write this I have over 45 years experience in photography and I've just about done it all. I come from a time when optics, physics and chemistry were necessary basic tools of my trade but today if someone has access to a cell phone they think they are a photographer and if they have a computer with a photo editing software they claim to be a pro.

Starting in Montreal, Canada I worked as a scientific / biomedical photographer, then later as an Ophthalmic photographer. As a result of garnering several firsts in my field and several awards many of my peers thought I was pretty good at what I did and I was offered the position of Director of Media Services at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Sounds impressive but I became more of a bureaucrat then a photographer, an administrator rather than an image maker. Very quickly it got boring so I moved on to open my first of three studios in Hollywood, California where I started to shoot actors and models and musicians for talent agencies. It was a thankless way to earn a very frugal living and I must say that too got boring real fast so I began shooting women for men's erotic magazines. Which ones? Almost all of them, over 50 different titles mostly in the USA but some international ones too. I've had about 4,000 maybe 5,000 publications to my credit and over 500 magazine covers. In the midst of all of this I became an American Citizen, to date the best and proudest thing I ever did. Then along came the digital age and very soon everyone and anyone thought they were photographers, a small few are good ones but sadly most are pretty bad. At about the same time along came the Internet and within a few years the magazine world quickly eroded into what it is today, in comparison it is now almost nonexistent. So again it was time to move on, besides I was starting to get bored again. I guess you can say that I get bored easily or better yet let's say that small things amuse small minds so I began a new adventure, this time building websites. Today along with a partner I have three web design and hosting companies and one SEO company. More important is that I have gone full circle and now as a photographer I take photos because I want to, when I want to and how I want to and no longer because I need to in order to earn a living.

There is a lot more I can tell you about myself but I'm sure by now, like me you too are starting to get bored from reading this stuff so why not take a look at some photos instead and hopefully you will like a few. You can even buy some if you choose but if not that's okay. You can even tell me what you think by going to the "Contact Us" page and sending me your thoughts or ask me some questions.

And by the way come back and visit again as the adventure continues and more photos are always being added. Now let's see what tomorrow will bring.

Gerard