The current milieu of our image culture overwhelms me at times but I believe that a person can still mindfully create photographs as a form of storytelliing, self reflection, expressing a connection to those around oneself, 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 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 and believe this experience significantly imprinted upon my memories from that early age.
Photographing in the streets is also 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 this type of photography. In particular I enjoy portraying the in-between suspended moments of life. I look for subtle relationship-based themes whether before the camera or gently implied by the subject of the photograph.
'Look, and it can't be seen. Listen, and it can't be heard. Reach, and it can't be grasped. Above, it isn't bright. Below, it isn't dark. Seamless, unnamable, it returns to the realm of nothing. Form that includes all forms, image without an image, subtle, beyond all conception. Approach it and there is no beginning; follow it and there is no end. You can't know it, but you can be it, at ease in your own life. Just realize where you come from: this is the essence of wisdom.' Tao Te Ching, ch 14.
'When I speak of poetry I am not thinking of it as a genre. Poetry is an awareness of the world, a particular way of relating to reality. .... To be faithful to life, intrinsically truthful, a work has for me to be at once an exact factual account and a true communication of feelings' ... Andrei Tarkovsky, Sculpting in Time.