This is a personal gallery about my path in photography, my journey.

 

It is a collection of photographs that are important to me, which I put together after I recently was asked, "What does photography mean to you?" 

 

Here is my answer:

 

In Eugen Herrigel’s, Zen and the Art of Archery, the Master, Kenzo Awa, explains that “the art of archery means a profound and far-reaching contest of the archer with himself.”  Photography means the same to me.  Photography is my portal to mindlessness, an opportunity to let go of daily life and completely immerse in non-self, to become the picture.  That first shutter release is very therapeutic!

Cartier-Bresson said we must never think while taking a picture.  As photographers in control of the image we make decisions, but they should be intuitive.  It is imperative during the moment of exposure to connect with the subject, unencumbered by the mechanics of photography.  The opening of the shutter, just as the loosing of an arrow, should come as a slight surprise.  It should not be a conscious act.  That’s why it is so important that operation of the camera be subliminal.

Again, Cartier-Bresson expressed this beautifully:  "To take a photograph is to hold one's breath when all faculties converge in a face of fleeing reality."

The highest form of photography is when it becomes a deeply personal exploration of how we perceive the world, which ultimately is an autobiography.  We become the subject and it becomes us, through the medium of photography.

 

This is my autobiography.