Our daily lives are full of stress,
anxiety and pressure. There's never enough time to do the things
we must do, much less time to do the things we would like to
do. How often do we take a moment, to really look around, to
see what's in front of us, to see what's in the shadows; to
see the special treasures, the odd adventure. Sometimes I do
take the time. Sometimes I push everything else away and just
look. Sometimes I'm even lucky enough to have my camera with
Finding something magical, something
that changes the way I see life, something worth photographing,
is like finding a treasure. When I was young I always looked
down as I walked. I expected to see something new, to find something
special. I find I still have a lot in common with that hopeful
child. Fortunately, I found that my camera was a way into other
worlds; into smaller, more precious and unusual places.
I like to photograph man made
spaces while they are undergoing change, while they're being
renovated, demolished or altered by natural disaster. Part of
the excitement is in catching the moment before it is complete.
No one else will see that space the same way. Traditional images
of beauty, Kodak Picture Spots, if you will, hold
no interest for me. I want to see more than that. I want to
be engaged, mystified, challenged. I want to see signs of something
more, something better, something new.
I photographed the images for
this show in black and white using a medium format camera. After
the images were printed, I altered them with photographic oils.
The carefully applied coloring adds to the fictional quality
and hopefully makes real the world I witness.
Our lives continue to be difficult,
pressures increase and deadlines continue to exist. I do, however,
feel unusually lucky to be able to stop and look and photograph
these incredible places in all of their horrible and wonderful