Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance
on earth which can make them come back again. You cannot develop and print a memory.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

Both the blessing and the curse of photography is that you have to be there.

Édouard Boubat

 

f/8 and be there -- traditional advice to photojournalists

 

These statements are all correct.  Photography demands that you be there, point the camera in the right direction, release the shutter at the right time. But when you are there, you do point the camera in the right direction, you do release the shutter at the right time — then you create a window into the past in a way that no other visual medium can match.  You cannot develop and print a memory, but you can at least glimpse it — spy on it.  I want my photographs to spy on memories -- my memories of course but I hope that they are yours as well.

 

My photography organizes itself into loosely-defined, open-ended projects that are rarely complete because, well, I'm still photographing.  Each of the gallery pages below will introduce you to one of my projects.

 

I have embarked on a long-term effort to reprint the best of each of my projects in a uniform format and present them as portfolios.

 

Click here to see what the portfolios look like.  

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