This website/blog is the product of my life long passion with photography. A passion that began more than 60 years ago when a beloved bachelor uncle (I was his only nephew) introduced me to photography. He gave me a Bolsey B 35mm camera,took me to trade shows, small commercial photolabs, where I sloshed deckled prints in washwater and on photoexcursions throughout New York City and its environs. He had become a surrogate parent to me while my father (his brother) was overseas during World War II. I progressed from the Bolsey B to an Ikoflex, a Rolliecord.and then I somehow convinced my father, by then a retired army officer, to purchase for me a Leica 3F with a 50 mm collapsible Summicron lens at a PX in Paris while we were on vacation. What a thrill that was for a 14 year old! From then on it was a love affair with one Leica film camera after another.
I set up my first darkroom in the laundry room of our house in Yonkers while I was in high school and eventually became the photo editor of my grade school, high school and medical school yearbooks. My work load during my medical itraining limited my photographic output for several years. But after marriage and our first child, I again immersed myself in photographic activities, and a dark room became a permanent part of our homes In Emerson, Closter and Tenafly New Jersey. While I dabbled a bit with color in the darkroom, black-and-white was always my preference.
In 2002, I was convinced that digital was here to stay and of sufficient quality and so I switched from film and never looked back.
Throughout the years I primarily documented our family life and travels. Now I have the time to develop the fine art side of my passion. While this website/blog exists primarily for my own growth and satisfaction, I hope others will get some enjoyment from it as well.
Lewis Rothman 2014