Where do you go to my lovely... When you're alone in your bed... I know the thoughts that surround you... Because I can get inside your head. ---Peter Sarstedt, 1969
Painting with Light
"The painter creates, the photographer discloses"
" The Bogota used to share its walls with a bedraggled, old hooker-bar, which I loved. It was low-lit, with stained velvet banquettes and stained, jolly ladies-of-the-night. In bustiers and fishnets, les girls sometimes stood outside, under a blinking neon sign, right next to the steps of the hotel. Until last year. Now the "piano bar" has become a kitchen design centre, another deathly tendril from the rest of Europe that will one day turn Berlin into everywhere else. Soon, I suppose, the Bogota will change with the prevailing weather into The Four Seasons."
Power of Femininity
“TED’S PHOTOGRAPHS CAPTURE MANY ELEMENTS OF THE POWER OF FEMININITY,
BE THAT ELEGANCE, SENSUALITY, STRENGTH OR EVEN MYSTERY...”
"Simplicity is the keynote of true elegance"
--- Coco Chanel
"Lisbon itself is almost wholly charming---a model city of nearly a million
people and an incalculable number of dogs.....Most visitors to Portugal have
come here to see something old, but the Portugese are full of zeal to show you
Letter from Portugal in Neal Slavin's : PORTUGAL
(Lustrum Press, 1971).
Midnight welcomes a new day, yet few witness the intrigue when the stillness of
these hours is interrupted.
Now in its second decade, this project captures the essence of Ted's visit to 100 cities through a single image. Nearly completed, the 2015 CONTACT Photography Festival show, "33/100", will feature a the first public glimpse curated by Hilda Yasseri. Color printing by Carole Fonde of New York City.
“Witek approaches the women in his photographs spontaneously, carefully and discretely, without preconception. Different from many photographers, he does not aim for direct interpersonal confrontation in the visualization, but instead allows his models ample space for self-expression. In a way, he remains a quiet connoisseur”.
Curator, Helmut Newton Foundation.
"Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way
we live, what is happening".
In a preface to her book 'One Hundred Flowers', Georgia O’Keeffe describes how
everyone sees flowers “as small”. So, she paints them big … “surprising the
viewer into taking time to look at it”. This is exactly how Ted photographs
flowers. The following images illustrate the natural beauty and the unique form
and color of every flower. This photographic study spans several years and
several countries. Master printer Carol Fonde’s enthusiastic collaboration is
represented here by these images selected by curator Hilda Yasseri.
This portfiolio is represented in New York City by June Bateman Fine Arts .
In 2012, Ted photographed the Provinces and Territories of his new home for a show and auction benefiting the Herbie Fund at Toronto's Sick Kids Hospital. The images that form this gallery were published in the 2012 Edition of OCEANA.
"...and when the train plunged into a tunnel under New York City, with its
lining of pipes and wires, I was out of the womb and into the birth canal".
Hotel mood is a running or bleeding of an emotion, as ink runs when water
touches it ----Wayne Koestenbaum, in Hotel Theory
I came across this abandoned Fàbrica Manequim on my way up several flights of stairs in this old building in Lisbon’s Chiado. I was looking for the shop of a camera repairman ---who I found and who masterly fixed my Mamiya. I was into the space, and I was equally fascinated and disturbed. Intense replicas of humans and human parts covered the floors and walls. It was as if the entire factory of workers left for coffee over decades ago and never came back. Molds, paint cans, and half-finished mannequins everywhere. Even invoices left in the typewriter.
I returned to photograph twice, both with the living human form--- returning a third time to be astonished it had been condemned and gutted without warning. This studio was lost--- but the real story only began...