I see photography as an infinite riddle, a mode of representation that is compressed but ripe with meaning. What is central is the act of transformation, the creation of something mysterious and uncanny from an engagement with the world. That transformation is formal and emotional, expressive and just beyond words: magic. Guy Davenport says that he writes for “people who like to read, to look at pictures, and to know things.” Just so. They’re my audience, too. I would say that my pictures are visual poems, or moments of felt presence that propose an emotional, not-quite-expressible truth about the contingency of things.
I received my MFA in photography from the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1982. I studied with Nathan Lerner, Barbara Crane, Robert Stiegler, Joseph Jachna, and the photographic historian Peter Hales. Visual problems kept me from shooting between the mid-80s and 2011, when new surgical techniques restored my sight in one eye. Now I am back at work. My photographs have appeared in galleries and museums around the world and in the book, Second Sight: An Aesthetic, Technical, and Historical Exploration of Infrared Photography. My new portfolios Common Ground and Voyages were shown at Review Santa Fe in 2017. I am a member of Studio Gallery in Washington, DC.