My life's work has been to capture character in the human face, reveal the path to that
moment, provide truthful still images, utilize available light & employ a photojournalistic
When Charles bought his first Nikon F SLR the resulting studies were of derelict architecture,
machinery and also street photography - a genre that the New York Times has called, ”…shots
of everyday people living out their private lives in public”. In this type of portraiture, he has the
keen ability to capture life experiences reflected in faces and gestures. For this and carefully
composed imagery of man-made objects in the natural landscape, he believes it is important to
utilize available light for the best effect on the first take.
His concentration is fine art with a recent variant to the film & television industry ; and,
has developed several series documenting various ethnic groups, including Native American
and Hispanic communities. This country continues to evolve and its diversity changes with
every new generation & wave of immigration. The goal of these endeavors has been to
celebrate this transformation with portraits of dignity and distinction.
A native of South Louisiana, Charles has been influenced by its unique Cajun & Creole legacy,
extraordinary musicians, artists & photographers. He is a founding member of the New Orleans
Photo Alliance and has had solo exhibits in Miami and Scottsdale with group shows in Athens,
Austin, Bucks County, Chania (Crete), Lafayette, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New
York, San Diego & Portland. Charles' work has been recognized in numerous international
competitions and is housed within various private & museum collections. .
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