Thank you for visiting this site,
I have never let a job title define who I am. I currently do not make a living from photography, although I have in the past. Over the past thirty plus years, I have never stopped taking photographs. During the years that I shot film I was basically only interested in street photography, but since making the switch to digital, I shoot everything. I photograph only because of my intense desire to create. Photography gives me a voice and it affords me the opportunity to look at and explore my world. I know that in some small way when I‘m no longer here, some of my images will live on.
A little bit about the images on this site. The series, After Life, is an ongoing project that I started about two years ago. I wasn’t only interested in showing how people were remembered, but how their graves, over time, had their own life cycle. They are born through death, and like anything, if not maintained, eventually deteriorates and decays. I’m always surprised but what I find in cemeteries. I’m fascinated how loved ones are remembered, what’s left at their graves to pay tribute to them, and how different cultural traditions and economic levels pay respect to the departed. In these photographs, I hope I have shown that. Out of respect for the departed and the survivors, I have done my best not to include names which would identify who the person was.
The photos that are in the Work Exhibited section are from my first and continuing love for street photography and were taken at fairs, political rallies, and parades over the years.
The last section comes from the job that I currently am involved in as a mental health technician and In a New Light facilitator. I have never considered myself a nature photographer, and have not done any nature photography since my junior year in college, simply because there are so many great nature photographers that it would be difficult to separate myself from the crowd. These works stem from images made while teaching my clients, who are either struggling with mental illness and /or a dependency issue, photography. The program, In a New Light, allows them to learn a new skill set and gives them the opportunity to share their voice, which helps shatter many of the stereotypes that society perceives about them. To learn more about this program please visit In A New Light.
Thank you again for visiting this site. If you would like to leave any comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me. I also post my images on W-S.P (world street photography), 500px, and Instagram.