As children, my father taught my sister and I any activity done well, with pride and passion, was an art. The activity could have been painting, sculpture, playing golf, running a business or being a parent, what it was did not matter – but it had to be done with conviction.
I have always liked the idea all of us are artists, each in his and her way. While I am by profession a businessperson, my greatest passion (aside from my family) is for the art of photography. Since being formally introduced to photography in college I have pursued it with some degree of seriousness for over 15 years and have never lost the desire to use it as a means of self expression; to communicate with others the way I see the world.
Photography, perhaps more than any other “fine art”, enables the artist to explore subjects in a very direct, one on one, manner. The photographic artist reacts to an opportunity to make art and often must do so in a split second. Skilled photographers have a knack of understanding when “decisive moments” exist and are able to record these in a way that cause those of us with lesser talents to take notice and wonder how they did it.
After 15 years of trying, I am just now beginning to make images I believe are mine, that represent my vision. Like all artists, I struggle to create work that is unique to my way of seeing, and in photography this is very difficult. We are bombarded by images every day, millions of them, they are all around us. The visual clutter of our world has made most people unreceptive to yet more images, even if they are artistic in intention.
The challenge for photographers is to create a body of work that will cause a person to stop and notice, to ask, what is that? How did he or she make that? What does that represent? What must it have been like to be there? If a photographer can make a person notice, then they have succeeded.
I hope the images you will see on my website make you stop and notice, if only for a second. I hope they convey to you my sense of passion and conviction, and that they are done well.
If so, then I learned my father’s lesson well.