About the Work


One thing I've come to notice by the statements photographers with websites frequently seem to make regarding their photographs is that they take their avocation waaaay too seriously. They use grandiose and pompous-sounding clichés about "the crafting of light and shadow, the blending of form with passion, the capturing of essence and spirituality," etc., etc., etc. This seems to be particularly true if they are doing any kind of figure photography.

I say bullshit, the pictures should speak for themselves. Other than a news photograph, if a picture has to be explained, then there is something wrong with it.

Sam Shere, Hindenburg Disaster, Lakehurst, NJ, May 6, 1937 Stuart Franklin, Tianamen Square, June 3, 1989 Joe Rosenthall, Iowa Jima, February 23, 1945 Bill Anders, Earthrise, Apollo 8, December 24, 1968 Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Midwest Dustbowl Disaster, 1931

Don't get me wrong. It is very true that photography can be important, a unique medium for revealing truths about ourselves. There is a reason some images enter the cultural iconography, becoming defining images of a moment in time and place. Above are just a few examples of such.

But most pictures simply serve to be enjoyed, either because they are interesting or thought provoking or arousing or just pretty to look at. They're fun to take, and it's fun to share them with others.

My photographs fall into this latter category and let's just leave it at that.