ARTIST'S STATEMENT //
I am an American photographer who has traveled internationally to see and photograph the ordinary and unique of life. I am a bit of an odd bird. I don’t see myself easily fitting into any one group. Many of my views consist of positions that one would tend to find in very different groups. I can have at the same time, feelings of inclusion and exclusion. I can feel both acceptance and as an Auslander. It is a bit of a cliché, though still true nonetheless, that the camera can be a passport. It can be a raison d’etre amongst people and peoples you wouldn’t ordinarily be amongst. I found/find myself both photographically and personally being energized and pursuing photography in what would be called (although I hate this term) “subgroups”. I did this for seven months in Kibbutz Bet Alfa in the Jezreel Valley at the base of Mt. Gilboa in Israel. And, then again, photographing for several years in a rural upstate New York bar that effectively serves as the town green in the hamlet of Andes, New York. And, as you can see in the accompanying photographs, in the Haredi community of Satmar Jews in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.