1970's: Black and White Photographs: The Beginning
In the early 1970s, when I started shooting photographs on a regular basis, "street photography" was my passion then, as it still is today. The camera gave me a reason and an excuse to look closer at the details of my environment. I spent a lot of time exploring and photographing people and the places where ever I traveled. I sometimes wonder what happened to these people after our lives briefly intersected and where are they today?
Something very interesting occurs when you begin to put a defined frame around what you are seeing. Sometimes it feels like an arbitrary and intuitive decision as to what I place inside that frame, but in the end, it has to speak and engage and hold my attention long after it's been printed. For me, that is the singular factor that determines the success of a photograph.
A few of the artists who influenced me most were: Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, Josef Koudelka, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Charles Sheeler, David Hockney, Larry Clark, Ernst Haas, amongst many other writers, directors, painters, and environmental artists.