It was light that first drew me to photography, and it is natural light still that inspires and enlivens me as I photograph. Along with the human form and vintage props, light is almost always a featured element in the images I create.
Due to both personal inclination (I’ve always asked “Why?”) and professional activity (I’ve been a psychotherapist for many years) I am especially interested in exploring and representing in my photographs the internal landscape of human experience including the psychological, emotional and interpersonal influence of our primary family relationships. I photograph from deep feeling, and so it is the feelings associated with these experiences and "family inheritances” that I seek to express and impart.
I use traditional tools and materials, and employ methods, including multiple exposure, juxtaposition, and movement, to facilitate the expression of the unconscious in my work. While I welcome the “happy accidents” that occur with this letting go of some control, the images are presented as “straight” photographs – in the square format for its balance and containment, in black and white for its symbolism, contrast, and beautiful tones, and most often with maximum depth of field for its clarity and directness.
In the basement of my childhood home I watched as my father made photographs under the light of a bare red bulb. It was the 1950’s and my introduction to the magic of photography.
Not many years later, I was making photographs of my own – moody images of wind swept dunes at first, and then documentary photographs. In college and beyond, the images were often of light itself as a presence in the human landscape.
After completing an undergraduate degree in photography, I was introduced to the field of art therapy which integrated my love of art and an ability I discovered I had to support the growth and development of others.
While my career as a psychotherapist has allowed me only intermittent periods of photographic activity in the past years, it and personal history have led me to my current photographic interests.
While remembering my excitement in observing the process of photography in my father’s primitive darkroom, I’ve returned now to its practice in a dedicated and consistent way. For it is in creating photographs that I can experience moments of grace, feel transported, and perhaps be transformed.