I began taking pictures at the age of 10 with a Kodak Ektralite. My second camera was a Vivitar point and shoot that I dropped into the sea of Galilea at 12-years-old. I got better at holding onto my cameras, and throughout high school I was rarely seen without my Nikon.
I'd never heard of street photography then. I just liked walking around the city taking pictures. It was the thrill of capturing the unexpected that drove me. It still does. That and knowing what I'm capturing will never happen again, and that no one else in the universe saw exactly what I saw in that moment, and never would if not for the picture. It's my point of view. I'm giving that moment meaning by focusing on it, perhaps even creating a juxtaposition or a relationship in the frame between two completely unrelated objects or events Like Cartier-Bresson and the photograph of the man leaping across the puddle of water, an action mirrored in an image in the background. Cartier-Bresson considered himself more of a surrealist than a photojournalist.
I don't know what I am, but I think any street photographer should at least have an appreciation for the surreal. For me these surreal moments most often happen accidentally. I have no interest in manufacturing them. That's not what I'm after. There's no feeling quite like knowing you've captured something special, something spontaneous. But it only lasts about 20 paces. Then you're on the scent of another moment.
After I enrolled in the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, you were more likely to find me with a super 8 or 16mm cinema camera. For the last two decades I've worked as a film and television writer, as well as a short story writer and poet (though I do not think I was a very good poet), but in recent years I've felt the irrepressible pull of my first and greatest love--photography, and now I'm diving back in wholeheartedly, focusing on street photography and portraiture. It's my hope that I can travel to different cities in the U.S. and abroad and continue to capture the unexpected moments that otherwise will go unobserved and unadmired.