At a very early age I experienced vast open spaces, driving trucks, tractors and heavy machinery on my parents’ Iowa farm. In addition, my academic background includes sociological and psychological sciences. So, when I bought a camera on a whim, these indelible experiences informed my budding improvisational social commentary as a street photographer.
I explore complex, compressed colored forms in my field of vision, deciphering how they can be abstracted. I’m curious about how colors message, confuse and vibrate, and the ways they are expressed throughout America’s chaotic socio-cultural landscape.
Two successful early career publicly funded art grant projects, twenty years of commercial photography, my academic study of social sciences, added to my early life experience in vast open outdoor spaces has led to the naturally fitting destiny of photographing in the street. Streets, open roads and public places, wherever I live and visit, offer infinite possibilities to observe and improvise on unique “now” moments. I call this large ongoing body of work AMERICOLOR.
NOW! One day on a suburban street early in my career an obvious very simple truth struck me fullbody: “This will all change, photograph it now!” My awakening in the epiphany of that momentinstigated a deeply felt life-long commitment to create an ongoing visual diary, exploring the “nowmoments” within my visual perception.
My quest is to make photographs from this chaotic socio-cultural landscape into pictures and essays that teach me something about myself and the world, ideally pictures that demonstrate insight, clarity, irony and humor.
With discipline, curiosity, gratitude and joy!