When I was 8, a bunch of Sugar Daddy candy wrappers and a couple bucks got me a plastic camera. Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.“ I was on my way. The first roll of film survived less than 30 minutes but the scent of the 120 film in the black backing paper and those first pictures had me hooked.
Even as a kid, the thrill of making images outweighed the hassle of carrying a camera so I became the steward of the family camera. Later, I found my way to other cameras through classifieds, working with a 4×5 before the digital tidal wave swept it all away. There’s nothing like the alchemy and ritual of a darkroom but the convenience and capabilities of digital continue to amaze.
Photography is an interesting mix of contemplation, observation and engagement. My imagery falls somewhere in this mix, part anthropology, part ecology – perhaps equal parts in an exploration of pattern and artifact.
Today, imagery plays perhaps an even bigger role in how we experience life and remember. I like how imagery plays with our perception of time and awareness, reflecting a surprising transience of every part of the world and ourselves. I’ve lost track of how many photos I’ve made but it’s probably more than 10,000 and I realize Cartier-Bresson was a fast learner. But in this journey through time and space, the camera is a favorite crutch for seeing just a tiny bit better.
Reach out if you have a project to talk about or to find about other imagery not shown here. I’m available for studio and outdoor projects in the San Francisco area and elsewhere on Earth.
Thanks for visiting.
P.S. If you share an interest in photography, imaging and visual culture, check out this 3-part article I put together reflecting on new trends in photography and technology.