“My goal is to render the everyday, the ordinary, in simple and direct compositions, an unpretentious approach to reality.” I read that somewhere, not in those exact words but it applies to my approach today.
When I was in art school it seems every other class had an assignment on writing an artist statement or defining ones concept. It never occurred to me that to become a photographer I would have to write a narrative about what my photography was trying to say.
It was in Glasgow, Scotland that I shot my first roll of black and white film, a city where contrast and grain comes so naturally. The first time an image revealed itself to me in the darkroom I was intoxicated by the process and the feelings of accomplishment. As time goes by the passion for this process has become a close friend. I make images because it keeps me whole. It is a language I understand.
Currently I am using digital and film to capture the light and make my images. I may enhance color, change tone, eliminate detail, or dodge and burn as never before possible.
I am constantly searching for the perfect photograph; the light will be soft and golden with a full range of tones from purest of whites to the blackest blacks. Color may play a special role. The composition will be like a well-played symphony with every part in tune and in accord with the other.
My journey has taken me into the streets to engage with the world, involved me in the research of social issues and the pursuit of reportage. My camera is a witness to the places and people I know. Snapshots, portraits, photo-essays and images suitable for hanging, I am a photographer
If my photographs seem familiar, it is not an accident, there is a connection, our memories and experiences overlap. The human condition is universal, the streets and neighborhoods, our towns, we have much in common. This type of photography often ends up being good documentary photography without really trying, especially after the passage of a few years.
I am interested in community and the sense of belonging. When I was involved with the Cranhill Arts Project, which is based in Glasgow, I became aware of how the arts can be used as a platform to meet new people, form relationships and build trust. To engage in programs that brings people together to address everyday issues like housing, education, jobs, local crime and drugs on our streets.