I am a photographer who always wanted to be a filmmaker. At the age of fifteen I saw The Manchurian Candidate and was forever changed. Films became something more to me. I saw compositions, tones of black and white and thematic purpose. At the time, I couldn't articulate those early observations, but eventually I did. Photography provided a way to see the world cinematically. I have been photographing for the last thirty five years, primarily in black and white.
For the last five years I have been working on the notion of thematic purpose within the structure of a photographic project. I explore a set of ideas (inspired by films, books, poetry, etc.) and photograph scenes. An artist's statement accompanies the project, which enables the viewer to have an understanding of my intentions. Invariably, film and the influences of favored directors are referenced. I continue to photograph in a general sense but the emphasis is now on themed projects. Engagement of the viewer, exploration of themes and interpretive conflict are my primary concerns.