Artists are often asked, "What inspires you? Why do you do what you do?" The latter I find an odd question. To put into words why I am a photographer is to risk sounding nebulous and pretentiously "artsy". Better left unasked, better left unanswered.
The former question, however, I find exciting! How many ways there are to embrace inspiration, and how varied the response from artist to artist! The keen relationship between the "before" (the vision) and the "after" (the visuals) is sacred and personal to each artist.
I create images simply because I am motivated to do so, on a fairly regular basis. It is as natural to me as breathing.
Viewers may find my photographic style quite simple; this is intentional. As computer technology takes us further and further away from the original photography masters such as Alfred Stieglitz, Gertrude Kasebier and Paul Strand, I find myself more determined than ever to continue my work emulating their style: I prefer to shoot in natural daylight and to not be concerned with razor-sharp focus. My intention is to conjure a mood, not merely an image. And though I am happily embracing my leap into the sea of digital photography, I will continue to emphasize the traditional tools of film. After all, I thoroughly enjoy being in my darkroom, bringing forth each photograph by hand.
But executing the photographs is only half the pleasure; the real kick is simply becoming aware of the images in my imagination or in my viewfinder, or capturing a fleeting moment unexpectedly.
Making photographs is intoxicating, and I intend to imbibe all I can.