The DOCUMENTARY work includes occasional pieces as well as
more intentional projects. There are miscellaneous street
images, a kind of work I always enjoyed though never pursued
as a focus of my time and always limited energy. There were
some wonderful moments, though perhaps not so decisive.
Through the 1970s I visited Mexico yearly or sometimes twice
yearly, staying at a local hotel in Merida, the capital city
of Yucatan. A handful of images from these visits are worth
preserving. Some have been printed at 20” and hold up
very well. The city and the area in general exploded in popularity
after Cancun opened.
BEGINNERS COOKBOOK was actually intended as a funny cookbook,
the funny part being the “recipes” [i.e., “Pork
Steaks: bring the steaks home. Unwrap them.”] combined
with sort of classy photos of not very appetizing food. For
the most part I shot my meals just prior to preparation with
minimal technical augmentation.
WEDDING was a commercial project done with friends who shot
it in a more conventional fashion. The client preferred their
work to mine. COMMUNITY FOUNDATION was an annual report project.
ISAIAH MOHAMMED is the story of a small boy born with cleft
palate embedded in a single parent family with four siblings
as he proceeded through two surgeries. MARVIN’S WOODSHOP
is a custom woodworking shop that still does things the old
way. MARIA VOLKHARDT is an endurance runner and biker; the
images do not do justice to the endurance part. CATARACT SURGERY
is a medical office procedure in the days just before the
technology explosion. VETERINARY MEDICINE is a day in the
life of a vet and his staff. BREAD BAKERY is the night life
of an old world bread bakery that survived in the new world
for about one year.
of BIRDS & OBJECTS were largely produced during our time
living aboard a BOAT, or close to that time in the mid 1980s.
The selection of subject/object was dictated by proximity,
so there are boats and birds and friends and mundane stuff.
While chance may favor the prepared photographer, the image
entitled KEY BISCAYNE was just dumb luck followed by some
very good printing.
archive collects images of large and mostly empty spaces along
with objects and birds. I find big empty spaces to be very
restfull even when they are intrinsically ugly, as in the
case of parking garages.
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