Alan Kaplan

Alan Kaplan

Both of my uncles were photographers. My mother's brother was a professional, and my father's brother pursued photography as a hobby. It was the latter who first showed me the magic that takes place in a darkroom.

Both of my parents loved art, took lessons, and made sure that my sister and I had art lessons as well. In addition, we went to the Museum of Modern Art whenever we were in New York. Each trip to the MOMA produced an art book that I often took the time to browse through.
I joined a camera club, bought a telephoto lens, and became an avid bird photographer - mostly large wading birds. Birds often appear in my composites.

I retired from 40 years of teaching 13 years ago determined to learn Photoshop. Of course, one can only scratch the surface of such an intricate program, and as I have always been fascinated with the ability to moves pieces of photographs using Photoshop, I began in earnest in the summer of 2017 to combine my love of Surrealism and my new knowledge of Photoshop. It is this background that eventually has brought me to Group 54 and on to Group 34.