I would rather be a prisoner of war than an artist asked to explain himself. All a captured combatant has to do is give name, rank, and serial number.
I graduated from MCAD with a major in painting. Soon after, I abandoned painting for photography. I was attracted to photography’s craftsmanship, which disciplined my talents and restrained my passions. Most importantly, photograph forced me to be more accommodating to the world as it is. I prefer to work alone and silently. Knowing I was unfit for the compromises of academia or the further compromises of selling my stuff, I made my money and my compromises in advertising. Although successful, the high points in my day job as a creative director were due more to dumb luck and a strong stomach than any innate abilities. Meanwhile, I continued to produce what was most important to me, my pictures—compromise free.
Restraint and limitations are the whetstones that sharpened my vision. I usually stick to one camera and one short lens. Only natural light is used. All sites are shot in situ; what is in front of the lens is never manipulated. Drawn to visions that are derelict and empty, I maintain that one can learn as much about the human condition by the environs people leave behind them as by looking straight into a person’s face.
But, in the end, all you need to know about me is found in my work.