An art director once asked me where I got my ideas from. I had always taken ideas for granted and didn’t have much to offer other than saying they came out of my head. I was quite young, but it was one of those moments that made me realize I needed to put some thought to this question and come up with a better answer in case I was ever asked it again. And I have been...several times.
I think ideas come from everything and everywhere and the formative process is the same for all of us. From birth to death we store our experiences in a mix of fragments, an amalgamation we pull from that allows us to see things in new and different ways. At the very least we call this problem solving and at the highest level we call it creativity. Actively or passively, aware or unaware, we are constantly collaborating with one another and nature (places and things) to bring our ideas to life.
I really care about making things, especially photographs. And I love the collaborative process. So, I want to thank my family, friends, make-up artists, hair stylists, publishers, art directors, models, photographers, assistants, museum directors, curators, painters, writers and all the others… many outside the field of art, that inspired me in the making of the photographs on this site.
"At our best and most fortunate we make pictures because of what stands in front of the camera, to honor what is greater and more interesting than we are. We never accomplish this perfectly, though in return we are given something perfect ---- a sense of inclusion. Our subject thus redefines us, and is part of the biography by which we want to be known."