Artist Statement

When I walk around in public with my camera, I try to strike a balance between being inconspicuous so as to not make people feel self-conscious, while at the same time being open about the fact that I’m taking pictures. I love to capture moments when people are deep in thought or concentration. In Rorschach-fashion, I imagine what the person might be thinking or feeling. I imagine what life might be like for them. I’m especially drawn to those whose lives and contexts are very different than my own—those who have less or whose struggles are extreme. I wonder how I might respond if I were living their life. I also like to capture people in spontaneous expression. When people notice their picture is going to be taken, they can become serious and shy, or goofy and outlandish. Sometimes people freeze, and it seems like even their breathing is suspended, as if they were caught doing something naughty. My favorite photographs are those where there is a Namaste moment between myself and my subject—when the God in me recognizes the God in them. During those moments, I feel connected to the person I am photographing in a way that’s difficult to put into words—it’s like a loving recognition between two souls who see or feel one another outside of space and time.