I take photographs of just about anything and everything and I have always enjoyed the combination of travel and photography. Traveling to interesting locations often offers golden opportunities to get interesting impressions. There are certain images to which I am especially drawn, including children, doorways, windows, bicycles, architecture (religious and secular), flowers, bicycles, community events, and fragments of everyday life.
The reason I especially love taking photos of children is because I think there is a common thread in the world and children are the similar wherever you go – they are bright, quizzical, often laughing and unabashed in front of a camera. As for doors and windows – they are common features of dwellings around the world, yet they can be so distinctive.
While searching for images, I am drawn to the details: natural, architectural, abstract and human. The fact that the camera lens may only capture a portion of an image could be considered a limitation; however, this restriction often forces me to choose a portion of a larger subject. These dissected objects can sometimes be more visually interesting than the whole.
I really enjoy the process of capturing a frozen moment in time or a slice of everyday life in my camera, or “memory-box”, and preserving it for others to enjoy. (French photographer, Henri Lartigue, called his camera an “image-trap”.) It is an interesting process from choosing the subject to the finished product. The fact that I can spark a memory is one of the many rewarding aspects of photography.
There are times when a photograph transcends the simple recording of a place or an event, and brings something new to the eye.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
Elliott Erwitt, Photographer