MY WORK. I think of my work as street photography, but loosely defined as "little stories of everyday life." I ask permission to take photos on the street or in other public venues when it’s practical to do so, and when I can do so without disturbing the authenticity of the scene.
I'm retired. Photography keeps me going. I wake up each day looking forward to the next leg of a creative journey, on which I learn a little more about taking pictures.
WHY BLACK & WHITE? If you dig deeply into this site, you’ll see an evolution from color to black-and-white. As I began to take more "little stories," I found color triggered a psychological response that obscured the stories; whereas black-and-white let them breathe free. What’s more, black-and white reveals patterns of light and dark, line and pattern that enrich or dramatize the story being told.
INFLUENCES. The following bits of wisdom have influenced my photography, and often my outlook on life, as well:
When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls. -Ted Grant
If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough. -Robert Capa
Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive. -Elliott Erwitt
We do not take pictures with our cameras, but with our hearts and minds. -Arnold Newman
Photography is not documentary, but intuition, a poetic experience. -Henri Cartier-Bresson
In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind. -Louis Pasteur
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. -Joseph Campbell
We can do anything we want; the trick is, it’s usually waiting for us just beyond our comfort zone. -Winston Hendrickson
This above all: to thine own self be true… -Polonious in Shakespeare’s Hamlet