I began seriously thinking about photography and art when I was 19 years old, when, as a college sophomore I took the first art class I’d had since the 3rd grade. I knew nothing about art, but this was a symposium, not a studio class. I discovered in the discussions that took place that I had the wrong idea about art—it was more than God-gifted people who could draw beautifully. Art was also a conversation taking place among many individuals, sharing their observations and ideas across time, space and culture.
The Big Question that I came away with from that class was not “Do I have the talent?” but instead was: “What do I want to say?”
It dawned on me that I could participate in this meta-conversation. That realization changed the direction of my life and has been profoundly nurturing ever since.
Our lives are structured and random like an atom, simultaneously banal and carnival. For me, photography is a means of curiosity and inquiry, like a pair of antennae that help me explore the environment, seeking form that incorporates both extremes.