As an artist, I love photographing many things. But the human face, the realism of human expression: simple, extraordinary, even mundane moves me like no other subject. I find this to be especially true when I travel. As a working photographer, my interest in human expression informs the approach I take in my portraiture work. Each face, each body, each person presents a new and exciting challenge to my powers of direct observation, inspiring me to represent to the best of my vision, that which is in front of my lens in an honest, heart-felt way.
Some of the most interesting images in history have been studies of the human face. Photographs by Depression-Era photographer Dorothea Lange were so powerful that they helped move a nation to action in a period of soul crushing poverty, desperation and loss. The documentary tradition of street photographers such as Walker Evans greatly influenced my vision of myself as a photographer. The sometimes ‘creepy’ images of Diane Arbus challenged my idea of beauty and representation and at the time moved me in a way that was unexplainable. These and other great photographers were influential in the evolution of my photographic and artistic vision.
The portraits in these galleries capture images of my subjects engaged in the experiences that define us as spiritual human beings. Marriage.Maternity.Birth.Family Life. Aging.
I hope you enjoy them.