For me, photography is an expression of the celebration of life. It is a compulsion. I love people discovering what they are about and am therefore drawn to portraiture.
The portraits in this portfolio include images of my artist friends and of my son and daughter in the 1970s when I first studied photography and as adults today. The childrens portraits freeze a particular time in childhood, relying on facial expression and body posture to do so. The portraits of adults are environmental portraits, influenced by the works of Arnold Newman that I studied for a project at the Atelier this past year.
I am privileged to have old and new friends who permit me to photograph them in a very personal manner. I admire the invigorating, noble, and playful spirit of my artist friends. Their work is their play; their play is their work. I enjoy feeling the pulse of their soul when I am in their presence.
Through portraiture I want to communicate something special about each subject. Always I seek to express the heart, soul, and uniqueness of the person. In this pursuit, I spend time with my subjects in their homes, studios, or favorite places so that I might discover their passions and what makes them tick. Together, we select the place where I shoot the photographs.
The portrait of the basket weaver is an exception to this planned approach. Touring a medieval village in Bali, I was immediately captivated by the beauty of the weavers hands, body form, and total involvement with his craft.
With all of my portraits, when I click the shutter, I hope to catch a glimpse of who the subjects are at that moment in time.