"Burnt Offerings" is a series of images of burned leaves. I've always been captivated by the beauty and variety of leaves. In photographing things that are "past their prime", I work with the notion of finding beauty in things which are thought to no longer have any. In the fall, leaves are burned to ash. I decided to burn some leaves to discover what would happen to them, and I found something amazing. Although rendered to near ash they held their shape, albeit somewhat deformed, and are extremely fragile. Although devoid of color and nearly destroyed by the heat, I find them to be quite beautiful and almost metallic.
Born into a military family in 1956, Harold grew up in New Mexico and Germany. Fortunately, his parents took the family on outings almost every weekend, hiking in the desert, horseback riding and camping in the mountains, exploring castles and old gardens in Germany and camping in Italy. These outings, of course, left many lasting impressions. After moving back with his family to the U.S. as a young teenager, Harold began photographing. He earned a B.F.A from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1978 after which he produced fine art and taught photography at the college level for several years. In 1987, Harold opened a commercial photography studio, where he has been creating images for national clients. In his studio, Harold has been perfecting the unusual and difficult technique of light painting for over 20 years, and his clients seek him out for the unparalleled look he brings to a photograph. In recent years, Harold has once again been concentrating on producing fine art, in which he is putting to use the lighting techniques which he has perfected over the years.