Since forever, it seems, people have been the artist’s favorite subject. Surely the inner and outer beauty of people, presented alone or in groups, constitutes photography’s most heavily exploited and most thoroughly expected theme. Sublime work in this arena is being done every day by others. Yet, since the primary mission of my art has been to seek out loveliness that others might find unexpected, I have tended to go light on conventional portraiture and to look mostly elsewhere for original material.
But this is hardly a prohibition: the portrait work that I do seizes spontaneous opportunities to capture personal beauty, assay human nature, or speak in metaphor. Apart from my self-photography, with its Cindy-Sherman moments, my subjects are usually found on random byways at home or abroad, in acts of labour or solidarity, in off-guard moments, or in poses of intense self-composure and signaling. So beautiful, all.