If there is one thing I have discovered about myself, it is that I am visual. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but without the beholder then beauty can have no meaning. Or value. To be able to capture the beauty -- and to share it -- has become for me a gift.
I am a retired Reform rabbi. For over forty years my life was spent immersed with words. I read. I wrote. I spoke. (Occasionally I listened.) But all along I increasingly became aware that I liked to look. And the joy I derived in taking pictures became a passion.
The images on these pages are a reflection of my love of capturing what is.
My photographs have been accepted in Jersey City's "Cathedral Arts Festival," Studio Montclair's "State of the Art" exhibition, and the annual Photography Exhibition of the Belmar Arts Council, where I have been the recipient of the "Merit Award in Black and White Photography" (2019) and the "Merit Award in Photojournalism" (2020). Additionally, I have had images purchased for commercial usage in places as distant as Scotland.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, I shot a series of images of businesses which have been shuttered both before and as a consequence of the Coronavirus. You may see the pictures on this website as well as on Steve Bennett's Pandemic Lens site. I have also published several of the photographs in a book entitled "Suburban Decay" which is available for purchase.
I shoot mirrorless digital cameras, using the Leica Q2, the Sony a7iii and the Fujifilm x100f.
Steven Kushner | October 2020
Upper Photo: Jonathan Woll