Photography can be used to explore the vast complexities of human nature and tell a story about people we see in every day life. In an instant, it is possible to capture a special moment, a split second never again to be repeated—a spontaneous opportunity to explore a unique human experience. My photographic heroes belong to an early 20th century group of photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis and others who captured the "blur" of reality, softened and humanized by the images of early cameras and silver gelatin printing that might have otherwise been over-defined. Imagine what they might have done if they had the opportunity to use today’s digital technology!
People I’ve Seen: An Exhibition in Black and White (Summer, 2010) was first on exhibit at the Pacific Grove Art Center in Monterey, California. This exhibit, and the ones that have followed in 2011 and 2012, are dedicated to these pioneers with the belief that they “saw” special moments and brought them to life. They recorded the truth as they captured it through the pictures they took. They saw beauty and reality, darkness and light.
The photos we take can be translated by the viewer into a personal experience, evoking a memory or a longing or a unique story to be relived by the observer. If we are "lucky," it can transcend the impulse of the photographer to "go get that photo!" Photography is a special link between artist and audience. It is a special responsibility to be the eyes of the future viewer. If people see something in a photo, are moved by it and, it is what the artist saw, then that's what makes it art. What do you think?