Photography is seeing. And the art of photography is to see with a little more elegance, depth, and clarity. I try to show more than what something looks like. I try to show what it feels like to be there, to know that person and to experience what they are experiencing.
I have spent all of my life using my eyes—thirty years with a camera pressed up to them, and twenty-seven as a photojournalist. Hopefully, I've spent that time with my brain engaged because that's where the art comes from. It doesn't come from the latest technological advances in photographic equipment. It comes from our thought processes.
The evolution of my thought processes came by way of growing up in an East Coast family with three other professional photographers, a degree in anthropology and art, and working as a photographer, photo-editor and writer for four newspapers in Delaware, Maryland, and Kentucky. By my rough calculations, in 2008 I passed the one million-frame mark for the number of photographs I have taken in my lifetime. Since retiring from the newspaper business and moving to New Mexico I have turned my camera to the scenic beauty that surrounds me here.
I also taught college photojournalism and have been a mentor for the National Press Photographers Association. It is my hope that some of what I have learned and experienced can be shared with others. But I am not so arrogant as to assume that I have nothing left to learn.