For most of my childhood my
dad traveled the world as a photojournalist for a major US newspaper. Bringing my brother and me home pieces of the
Berlin Wall, small stones from the dead sea, a chunk of rubber that came
straight from a rubber-tapping tree in the Amazon rainforest. Even in the stories that were difficult to
tell, he always found the humanity in the story. His photographs salvaged small pieces of
beauty from situations sometimes wrecked with devastation. The warmth of a woman's smile as she leans
against the door frame of her sisters shanty-home in a South African
Township. A shaft of light shining
through a Czech flag raised above a sea of people during a rally for
independence. The intense beauty of a
stark, foreign landscape. These were the
images I was raised with - this profound
example of what photography can do. How
it can shine a light into even the darkest place and show that there still
exists the enduring story of human kindness.
My love for Documentary
Photography comes from a deep conviction that there is profound beauty and
meaning in the human experience and that we are meant to be witnesses for
it. To be moved by it, changed by it,
and to allow it to fill our souls until we are brimming over with the sheer
abundance of it.
This is how I approach all my
sessions regardless of the subject or assignment - for my camera and I to be a
thoughtful witness to the story I have been asked to tell.
Photographer Berenice Abbott
said, "Photography helps people to see." As photographers, writers, artists,
journalists and storytellers we have the privilege of using our unique
perspective to help others see the world around us in a new way.