INSPIRATION  ( a good idea that comes to you suddenly )

An art director once asked me where my ideas came 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 new to advertising at the time, but it was one of those moments when I realized I needed to put some thought to the question and develop a better answer in case it was ever asked again. And it has been...several times.

I think ideas can be triggered from anything and come from almost anywhere. From birth to death we store our experiences in a mix of fragments, in memory, as an amalgamation we pull from that enables us to put things together in new and different ways. At the very least we call this process problem solving and at the very best we call it creativity. The process is probably the same for all of us. Sometimes I'll see something or be talking to someone and suddenly begin to wonder. It's like drifting off to make a new connection that seems really interesting or exciting... that is the start of it... it seems to me that even the most insignificant thing can kick start the formation of a really good idea.

Photography is a learning process, a platform for experimentation and examination of new ideas. Actively or passively, aware or unaware, I am constantly collaborating with others (people) and nature (places and things) to bring my ideas to life. So, I want to thank all the people that have helped me on my path... my family, art directors, designers, writers, publishers, museum directors, curators, painters, models, photography assistants, make-up artists, hair stylists, and all the others… many that work outside the field of art, that inspired me to make the photographs on this site. I also want to thank nature for inspiring me and providing a place for me in my time on this earth.


"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."

                                                                                                     Robert Adams