The current milieu of our image culture overwhelms me at times but I believe that a person can still create meaningful photographs as a form of self reflection, expressing a connection to those around them, and showing the interconnectedness of all things. I admire documentary work but I also like to portray human relationships with emotion, feeling and meaning rather than strictly documenting the subject before the camera.
I value the simplicity and mood of black and white photography. I started out many years ago in the black and white film world. I believe that this strong interest may in part stem from the loss of my grandmother, Ethel, who passed away in 1918 in childbirth with my mother. This was a pivotal event in the history of my family as its effects cascaded down through the decades. I early-on poured over old photographs and letters written by Ethel. This experience imprinted upon my memories from that early age. I believe this ultimately led to a strong interest in the work of early 20th century photographers and painters.
Street photography is a very active area of interest for me. I value walking as a way to center myself. As a youth I often wandered the neighborhoods of our small eastern Washington farm town and feel that these and later sojourns planted the seeds of my later interest in street photography. In particular I enjoy portraying the in-between suspended moments of life. I often seek out subtle relationship-based themes whether before the camera or gently implied by the subject of the photograph.