Artist Statement

I am pleased to take this opportunity to share some of my thoughts about my work, but I do hope my images speak for themselves.  The most successful pieces suggest a story, an emotion, a mood, or all three. Sometimes that and more.

My art is derived from my life’s journey informing what my eyes see. My brain, heart, memory and spirit translates what is seen into a narrative. The medium of photography replicates that process. The camera is very much like my eyes, in that it records without interpretation a two – dimensional reality. The goal of my craft as a photographer is to try to elevate the simple recording of a person, place, object, or moment in time into that narrative. My dark room is the final stage. There I take the recorded two-dimensional reality and breathe nuance and luminosity into the image. When the entire process works I have created an image which moves me.

My most common subjects are people. For what is more interesting than us? I love catching people in the everyday "act of being” – being who they are, doing what they are doing, unaware of observation. My effort is to capture that essence unfiltered.  I am not engaging with them so as not to impact that special moment.

Other work centers around connections with people – people engaged in work or other activities, who willingly, or unwittingly, connect with a stranger for a few moments and thereby share something of themselves.

Another area of my exploration seeks to suggest “possibilities”; what is behind that door, through this passageway, in that window, up or down those stairs, around that corner?

Lastly, the intersection of light, colors, and shapes have always drawn me, whether organic or man-made. While the beauty of a place, thing, or structure may attract me, it’s the feeling of it which asks me to capture it.

The common thread across all my work is the attempt to capture unique, emotional moments in time.