Tuesday, January 10, 2012

" LIFE INSPIRES ART "






"SELF PORTRAIT 2015 "











It all started when I was 10 and got my first camera and took a picture of two people walking by and I think it something to do with the fact that at 5 when we moved to Massapequa, Long Island, NY those who had any talent blossomed there, some of them you know like the Baldwin brothers, Jerry Seinfeld, mobster Carlo Gambino, Joe Donnelly US Senator, and the list goes on and on, why, not a clue but many more came from Massapequa and it's a mystery to me even today. It was then I discovered to express myself through photography. After taking my fist picture I then went home and developed the negatives and printed this one image. I said to myself I just stopped time forever for that one image I captured. From then on I knew this would be my life. To express what I felt or had to say through images. I did take some classes in school,matter of fact it was the first year they offered photography as a class at Massapequa High School, Long Island New York where I graduated. It was very basic but it got me started.

Then in the Air Force during the Vietnam War I was a photographer and they also taught me the solid basics of photography, but it was the desire and the perseverance that pushed me forward to create images and printing every day for years until I perfected a way to express myself. In 1980's I joined the Police Department in New York and worked as a Police photographer. Understanding how important details no matter how infinitesimal they may be planted a seed in my mind that an image only works when you put all details together forming a powerful and telling story. After retiring from the Police department I continued creating works that expressed my feeling's, emotion's, desire's and most importantly sharing these images with others around the World. I have had two books published "ART OF DANCE " and "FAIRFAX " working on my third. I also have written one hundred and twenty political blogs. Several images I created titled "LEG WARMERS" and "BALLET SLIPPERS " are now called iconic dance images recognized around the world and have sold over 2 million copies and still selling in 86 countries.My work is in the collection at the Centre Pompidou, The Whitney Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Modern Art, Long Beach Museum, and many other just to name a few. 

CBS SUNDAY MORNING produced a segment about my work which received rave reviews. My works are in over 200 TV shows, movies, music videos, and commercials. My images, "LEG WARMERS" and "BALLET SLIPPERS" are several of the most recognizable dance images worldwide and will continue on selling long after I'm gone. You ask yourself after some 39 years why it's still one of the top-selling dance prints and the answer is that particular image conveyed one's determination, passion, love of work and most of all it tells a story we can all relate to in life.

Art is, for me, a means of communication.Thus, the camera is a tool for focusing my perception, concentrating observation into an image. The result is to evoke emotion. To evoke an experience; illuminations as opposed to explanation. The image as a visual dialogue between the artist and the viewer's perception.



To say that these images are "about" something is to translate them into words, disregarding their power as art. If they were about philosophy, they would be better written as thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. At best, they are informed by a philosophy. A philosophy of life, evident in every photograph I have created. A manifestation of my political, emotional, philosophical understanding of the world, focused onto the visual plane.


 Till the day I leave this world, I will fight for justice and against all politicians that lie, deceive and destroy humanity in America and worldwide. Women and men must be treated equally and all immigrants coming to America for a life of freedom, equality and a life without fear of persecution that prevails around the world in many countries. Now, this brings me to why I have written this short version of who I am and the reason why I create. In my dance, music and figure studies series the photographs have been shot thru my personal sense of wonder, artistic vision and my way of expressing emotions visually and politically. The other images included are to show a small spectrum of my work. I am now working on my biography which I hope when done will be an interesting read. Starting when I was five to the present. With all the ups and downs, from a train wreck, car crashes, all the money I pissed away to the realization that money does not buy happiness and your adventure in life only comes around once, so make the best of it.




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THE ARTWORK



















































































 




 



                       




 




 





 
























BLOOD, SWEAT and TULLE



FIGURE STUDIES


"RED PASSION"






































































































































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Women breaking thru the political barriers that men
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"BREAK THE BARRIER AND BLOSSOM"




Life's Ebb and Flow



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  A BREATH OF SOUND





































































































































 












THE POWER WITHIN








































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EMOTIONAL EXPRESSIONS




































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































PATH TO PEACE



























































VETERANS ARE AMERICAN'S BACKBONE TAKE CARE OF THEM.




 You can't get blood from a STONE or can you ?

 " NEGATIVITY KILLS "

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"America on Edge 2016"




















"LIFE IS A WEB"























     "SHEER FUSION"







                                                                                              

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SCULPTURE





















































 
























                                              
NOT THE END




   


" WITHOUT ART IN OUR LIFE WHAT IS LEFT "



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                                                                                                        Harvey Edwards



                                                                            

631-644-6719

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Unknown said...

Saw this in Sons of Anarchy and tonight again in the biker bar of A Adam Sandler the Do-Over nicley done http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pU4jm46UTiw/TwxxD7f9HlI/AAAAAAAAAvs/yIZ6ToHJQyY/s1600/OBSESSION+IN+RED+123.jpg

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