Art and life are never static. Never the same from one moment to the next – this holds true for the way the window light illuminates my desk, the expression on a person’s face in an unguarded moment, and even the chaotic tangle of my curly hair. Much of my work is based on a desire to look behind the masks we create in order to show the world we are doing "just fine." I ask my subject to trust me enough to reveal a personal truth; to bring the best of themselves to the work in that moment.
Every image that is created is a new beginning – an object that didn’t previously exist. A record of an experience that is then shared with the world. A series of questions. I often create because the need is there, the energy is powerful - and can be dangerous if ignored for too long. Yet my work is completed by the viewer. The photograph continues to evolve and become something new for every person who interacts with it.
Jack Gilbert says, "...anything worth doing is worth doing badly." Creating anything with lasting meaning and impact requires risking the safety and comfort of knowing what will come next. My challenge is to continue picking up the camera, questioning everything I think I know, seeing the world again and again. And finally, allowing myself to be seen. Your challenge is to look.
"In the end it all comes down to this: you have a choice (or more accurately a rolling tangle of choices) between giving your work your best shot and risking that it will not make you happy, or not giving it your best shot -- and thereby guaranteeing that it will not make you happy. It becomes a choice between certainty and uncertainty. And curiously, uncertainty is the comforting choice." - Ted Orland and David Bayles, Art & Fear