Artist's Statement

For me, being a photographer is more then simply making photographs of what I see before me.  Rather, my photography is an expression of how I empathize with the world and how I relate to what I see in my viewfinder.

I desire to look into the stories, people and places that others simply glance at, or overlook completely.  For me, it is not a matter of visiting a place, making photographs and leaving.  It is about getting to know the people and places I photograph, which can only be accomplished over extended periods of time.  It is about trying to step out of my world and into theirs.  To sometimes stop being a photographer and know when to put down the camera, and listen and talk instead.

Through my photographic expressions, I show both the beauty and the sadness of the world as I see it.  I do not expect the viewer to relate as I do to the people, places and things in the photographs.  But if the viewer comes away having seen something that has made them think or feel in an unexpected way, then my photographs have been successful.