â€œMy station in life is to capture the action of life, the life of the world, its humor, its tragedies, in other words, life as it is. A true picture unposed and real.â€
— W. Eugene Smith
The camera serves as a portal for me to view common sites in an uncommon way. It enables me to see, and point out to others, the beauty, irony, interest, humor and sometimes the ugliness of the world we live in. I hope my images bring a realization to others that common things in life are often worth more than a glance, they draw a second glance.
My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration in its effort to assist poor farmers during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
My images will provide you with that second glance of the mundane, humorous, common-place, and sometimes ugly or painful aspects of our world with the intent of helping you also take the time to notice the dignity, beauty and adaptability that is evident in each.