My most successful images set an ambush.
I treasure images which resist being understood too quickly. I’m always looking for enigmatic, naturally occurring ‘still life’.
The eyes of my ideal viewer tend to flick across my images, prioritizing the several centers of interest… shaping a personal understanding of the image. I love watching that conversation occur between viewer and image.
At first sight my images may not seem clearly connected in the conventional sense of a ‘series’: This may be because my interests lie less in the subject matter and more in the dynamic interplay of shape and meaning inside the image itself. For better or worse, my images are not intended to directly serve the particular subject portrayed.
The common thread which binds my individual images together into a ‘series’, is the way the viewer’s eyes and mind are encouraged to track a personal path across the image.
My work is both an ambush and an invitation to meet me on some mutually discovered new terrain.
I began by photographing extravagant coiffure creations that salons would enter into hairdressing competitions. Then I worked as a cinematographer on documentary films. Then as a dramatic screenwriter with feature films from my original screenplays being produced in the U.S, Canada and Australia. My fascination with photography as a tool for considering ambiguous reality seems to persist no matter what other creative areas I detour towards.