Photography for me is a very intuitive process. It requires me to be engaged in the world, to be connected in some way, and to react to what is before me at any given moment. I always try to be ready to capture an image or experience I am having whenever and wherever I go. In working in this manner I can then step back and begin to evaluate the photographs I have printed and see patterns, emotions, and themes emerge somewhat organically. Of course this process is always tinged with present and past experiences and how I find my place within the world, where I fit in relation to the photographs, and what my voice is as an artist.
Albert Camus in The Myth of Sisyphus stated that, "Thinking is learning all over again how to see, directing one’s consciousness, making of every image a privileged place." I try to discover within the realm of the everyday world that "privileged place," be it in a connection to or in the isolation and disconnection of life out in the city streets and in the landscape, particularly in a post-documentary environment.
Points I keep in mind
"I have been taking photographs for 30 years now, and it has steadily become less important to me that the photographs are about something in the most obvious way. I am interested in more elusive and nebulous subject matter. The photography I most respect pulls something out of the ether of nothingness… you can't sum up the results in a single line."
— Award-winning street photographer Paul Graham, quoted in the Guardian.