Space scientist by profession (aka day job), I have taken every opportunity to pursue my fascination with photography and the beauty of the Gaian landscape.I'm self-trained, and prefer the hands-on approach and independent experimentation with photographic styles and techniques. I've found that the same off-the-wall approach that works in solving physics problems helps me see landscapes in a new light as well. The self-similar shapes I see in landscapes, and the play between cloud and landscape, are a manifestation of this viewpoint.
My love of photography as a child and young adult blossomed into a passion twelve years ago. Since then, I have used every opportunity, be it an extra day during a space science conference, a visit to a national park, or a road trip up the California coast, to pursue this passion.
Please note that photos purchased on this site are professionally machine-printed by BayPhoto and are not the limited edition prints I sell at my exhibitions. To obtain a limited edition print, or for any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to Email me
Infraredscapes was born from the desire to see the landscape in the color of warmth, the color of life. Unlike conventional black and white photographs that assign drab grays to tree leaves and consign clouds to battle the sky for contrast, digital infrared photography highlights these by making them stand out. Leaves, exuding the warmth of life, appear white, as do clouds against black skies. More than this, infraredscapes are my vision of the world I've traveled during the last four years. In January 2008, I converted a Canon 20D digital SLR to shoot only in 850 nm infrared black and white, beginning the journey that is Infraredscapes. In April 2011, the 20D was replaced by a Canon 60D, also converted to infrared black and white. The photographs presented in the Infraredscapes gallery are the fruits of my labor during the last Five years.
• 2012 Black & White Spider Awards - Nominee, Nature
• Black and White Landscapes Category Winner, 2011 Louisville Art Association National Juried Photography Show, July 2011.
• Founder's Choice Award, Infinity Art Gallery: 2011 Photography Expo, February 2011.
• Special Recognition Award, Light Space & Time Gallery: Seascapes, January 2011.
• 2009 Black & White Spider Awards - Nominee, Nature
• First Prize, World of Photography (Woophy.com) May 2006 photo contest.
• First Prize, Online Photo Contest (onlinephotocontest.com), 2001
Solo Photography Exhibitions
• The World of Infraredscapes, August 10 - 24, 2012, Mkrtchyan Art Gallery, Glendale, California.
• Infraredscapes at the Wine Cave, March 11 - May 10, 2011, The Wine Cave, Montrose, California.
• Idyllic Landscapes, February 3-5, 2006, Harvest Gallery, Glendale, California
• Armenia and Yosemite, Natural Wonders Worlds Apart, June 12 - 14, 2004, Homenetmen Ararat Cultural and Athletic Center, Glendale, California.
• Tales of Survival, May 28, 2004, Pacific Community Center, Glendale, California.
• My Mountainous Homeland, April, 2004, Bel Air Camera Gallery, Westwood, California.
• Rare Earth, The Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont, January 2013.
• Among Tress, The Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont, July 2012.
• PhotoSpiva 2012, March 2012, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Missouri.
• 20th Annual Juried Photography Show, Louisville Art Association, Louisville, Colorado, July 2011
• We can never have enough of Nature, Still Point Art Gallery (Online), June 2011
• PhotoSpiva 2011, March 5 - April 24, 2011, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Missouri.
• “196”, Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts, New Jersey, February 2011.
• 2011 Photography Expo, Infinity Art Gallery (online) February 2011
• Seascapes, Light Space & Time Gallery (Online), January 2011
• We of the Mountains, A Survey of Armenian-American Art, March 29 – May 10, 2009, Zephyr Coffee House and Art Gallery, Pasadena, California.
• A Photographic Journey of Armenia’s Natural Treasures, a juried exhibition, Armenian Library and Museum of America and Armenian Tree Project, Watertown, MA, September 2008.
• Los Angeles / Yerevan Sister City Association Logo Unveiling Exhibition, Los Angeles City Hall, September, 2007.
• Vahe Peroomian: Global Landscapes, and Cynthia Smalley: The Last Mustangs, March 2008, FastFrame of Glendale, California.
• A Visual Poetry of the Homeland: Photographs of Vahé Peroomian and Ara Meshkanbarian, September 25 - October 30, 2005, Ararat-Eskijian Museum, Mission Hills, California.
• Tales of Survival, May 2004, Pacific Community Center, Glendale, CA.
The Armenian Reporter, March 29, 2008 edition (article and photo spread).
Verdugo Monthly, October 2008 edition (cover photo and article).
Armenian National Committee of Burbank, 2009 Monthly Planner (All 54 photos of planner/calendar).
Published Travelogues / Photo Essays
and the Journey Begins – a photographic voyage into Divine Land Asbarez Armenian daily newspaper’s Christmas, 2004 edition, Los Angeles.
April in Armenia: of torrential rains and the rites of spring [excerpt], January 27,
2006 edition of Asbarez Armenian daily newspaper.
History Revealed, September 9, 2006 edition of Asbarez Armenian daily newspaper.
Armenian Travelogue, November 2006 edition of travelphotographers.net.
Eyewitness to History: How Armenia’s Opposition Tactics Led to Bloodshed in Yerevan Streets, March 7, 2008 edition of Asbarez Armenian daily newspaper.