Bernie's first experience with Photography was at the age of 7 years old, when he was first allowed into his father's darkroom. Bernie sat on a table next to the paper safe. It was his job to take paper out of the safe, when requested by his father, or older brother, Herb.
To this day, Bernie remembers his astonishment and awe as he saw an image take form in the developer tray for the first time. It was magic! That feeling has never left Bernie, and he can still get that same thrill as he watches a print come out of an ink jet printer today. Bernie's interest in both the technical and artistic side of photography has been a life-long pursuit.
After graduating college with degrees in Engineering Physics and Philosophy and a brief career as a professional musician, Bernie started a career in Information Technology. This career spanned over 35 years. Many years were spent in Hardware Design, Software Development, and System Management
A great deal of Bernie's work is about the reinterpretation of classic themes, utilizing current technology. By using capabilities unavailable to the Masters of Film, the Photographer can achieve results undreamed of by earlier generations. Bernie's in depth understanding of both computer and photographic technologies gives him a unique perspective in this age of digital photography. He is able to use his deep understanding of software technology to achieve his unique artistic vision.
About 15 years ago, Bernie started to take his photography very seriously. Over that period, Bernie studied with many PPA (Professional Photographers of America) Master Photographers and a number of very well known landscape and fine art photographers.
From 2005 through 2010 Bernie was a partner in the Carole Golden Clements Photography Studio in Albany, New York. The studio specializes in Wedding, Portrait and Event photography. In early 2011, Bernie started his own studio in Kingston, New York, to which he now devotes all of his time. Bernie continues to be active in The Professional Photographers of America, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and many other organizations dedicated to the art and science of photography.