Photography reconnects me to my beginnings and who I once was. My Midwestern family and friends included blacksmiths, railroad men, barkeeps, farmers, industrial line workers, and clerks. Few had educations beyond high school. These folks worked hard and stayed close to their birthplace.
I was one of the few that left. However, fifty years of the Marine Corps, at university, followed by a corporate life, gave me the feeling that I did not belong, loosed from the moorings of my past and uncomfortable in a new life. I traded the familiarity of a small town for the anonymity of the city. Both can provide comfort. Either can kill the soul.
Unfortunately, one cannot go back.
Modern urban environments reconnect me to the folks with whom I lived, loved, and laughed. The settings differ, but the players are much the same. Everyday people leading everyday lives crowd these streets. If I cannot return to what once was, I can at least use my camera to get closer, to somehow make a connection, however fleeting.
With my corporate life complete, I am free to walk and make photographs, while exploring today’s hectic cities, among those who feel familiar to me.
“Perhaps instead of standing at the river’s edge scooping out water, it’s better to be in the current itself, to watch how the river comes up to you, flows smoothly around your presence, and forms again on the other side like you were never there.”
Photographer Paul Graham
Exhibitions & Publications
2019 –Los Angeles Center for Photography Fifth Annual Street Photography Around the World Exhibition, Juror – Nick Turpin
2018 – A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX. Street. Juror – Harvey Stein
2018 – Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, MA, Juror – Richard McCabe
2018 – Harvey Milk Photo Center, San Francisco. Surrounded by Reality, curated by Michael Kirscshner, Jim Watkins, RE Casper, Dennis Englander, Dave Christensen
2018 – Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda on Camera, Alameda, CA. Juror Stephanie Williamson
2018 – PhotoPlace Gallery’s, Capturing the Light. Juror Laura Moya
2018 – Best Photo Presented by Through the Lens & Harvey Milk Photo, San Francisco. Juror Kristi Lewis
2018 – Los Angeles Center of Photography, Fourth Annual Street Photography Around the World Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA. Juror Gus Powell
2018 – LA Photo Curator – Street Shooting. Curated by Julia Dean
2017 – F-Stop Magazine – Street Photography, issue #86. Curated by Christy Karpinski
2017 – New York Center for Photographic Art – Patterns and Shadows, Honorable Mention. Juror Stephen Perloff
2017 – Street Photography Magazine issue #55, featured artist including front page and audible interview.
2017 —Darkroom Gallery, Pathways and Passages, Essex Junction VT. Juror Stephen Perloff.
2017 — Center for Photographic Art, 2017 Members’ Juried Exhibition, Carmel CA. Jurors Elizabeth Corden and Jan Potts
2017 —Darkroom Gallery, Street Wise, Essex Junction VT. Juror Bruce Gilden.
2017 — Redwood Shores Library Gallery, The Volunteers, Redwood City, CA. Curated by Marty Springer
2017 — Center for Photographic Art, Image Makers: 20 Years of Creativity, Carmel CA. Curator Helaine Glick
2017 — LA ArtCore, 1st Annual Photographic Competition and Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA. Jurors George Simian, Richard Vogel, Brian C. Moss, Karen Hampton, and Jeff Alu.
2017 — Los Angeles Center of Photography, Third Annual Street Photography Around the World Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA. Juror Craig Semetko
2016 – Harvey Milk Photo Center, eXposed, San Francisco, Jurors Dave Christensen, Gordon Szeto, Matt Osborne, Grant Rusk, Dwayne Newton, Roxanne Worthington, Jennifer McFarland
2016 — Center for Photographic Art, 2016 Members’ Juried Exhibition, Carmel CA. Juror Heather Snider
2015 — Los Angeles Center of Photography, Second Annual Street Photography Around the World Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA. Juror Matt Stuart
2015 — Inspired Eye, Edition #19, March, featured artist.