I'm a photographer with lousy vision. I was born very nearsighted, only partially correctable. Whether through ignorance, stubbornness or over-compensation, I've "blindly" refused to face the facts.
As a kid, I was attracted to photography because it could extend my vision - bring things closer so I could see the details. Then I discovered it allowed me to see things people with good vision didn't. Now *that* was satisfying! The truth is, in photography, how well you see has only a little to do with how well you "see".
For me, it's more about the other kind of "vision". It's about light, composition, form, simplicity. It's about capturing and conveying those elusive moments that tell little stories - or suggest an essence, a mood, a message or a mystery.
Much of my work is spontaneous and unplanned. I put myself in an interesting place, with nice light and the fun begins.
Shooting handheld, I become like a kid - curious, excited and willing to see things in new and sometimes odd ways. I look closer, I ask what if, I crawl on my belly, I jiggle the camera. It's so much fun, it should probably be illegal.
In 2003, I REALLY began to jiggle the camera. Unfortunately it was Parkinson’s – bringing with it a nasty hand tremor! “But I’m a STILL Photographer,” I argued!
Then one day, came a big AHA! I realized I could use the tremor – in fact, any movement - as an art technique! That changed everything, and I began a new body of work I call “Un-Still Photography: The Art of Motion Within a Still.”
Photography is a way for me to see the world in new ways. It’s a major source of fun, joy and creativity. It stokes my curiosity, takes me to new places and entices me to try new things, many of them completely legit!
It has also given me the opportunity to turn my so-called “disabilities” into something positive and empowering.
I hope my images help you “see” the world in new ways - revealing what lives just beyond our daily "nearsightedness".