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Fantasy Island

I spent over three weeks in Ireland and was quite busy. I opened an exhibition, participated in a panel discussion and did two workshops.

But I didn’t feel like I took as many images as I wanted to.

Performance artist Rebecca Strain in Derry.

Memory is a funny thing because when I looked through my images I [...]

Taking It To The Streets

Come on up to Donegal for my street photography workshops on Saturday and Sunday!

We will talk about best practices and approaches and how to get over your fear of shooting on the street. Participants will also receive Kodak Professional Film!

Book Here

The Streets Are Watching

The street portrait is a kind of alchemy. A brief encounter sometimes allows for the powerful transmission of emotion.

We have many such encounters during our days. We rarely remember them but the photograph gives us an opportunity to examine these moments in greater detail.

New Orleans, 2006.

Admission Of Omission

Sometimes what we leave out of a portrait is more important than what we leave in.

Havana, 2010.

Time Travellers

Not all portraits contain or consist of faces. A portrait should strive to capture something deeper than mere identification; it should give us a feeling that we are inhabiting the emotional space the subject and photographer shared at the moment the photograph was created.

A traditional song festival in Brittany.

So we work as hard [...]

Close But No Cigar

While it may be true that “if your photos aren’t good enough you’re not getting close enough” we should never fall pray to the idea that proximity is a substitute for intimacy.

Pentecostal church service, Barcelona

Sometimes the two are linked, often they are not. Intimacy, not closeness, should be what we are searching for. A [...]

Between The Skin And The Shirt

The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt. – Henri Cartier-Bresson , Photography Year 1980, LIFE Library of Photography , Page: 27

Marine Corps training ground.

It might be too far to say that every photograph is a [...]

The Other Side Of The World

When I moved to Indonesia a few days before my 22nd birthday I had a one way ticket and about $400 to my name. I was going to the other side of the world and didn’t plan on looking back.

Sure I had traveled to Rwanda but this time I was getting on that plane alone. [...]

And They Called Themselves The Europeans

I know most of you couldn’t make it to Switzerland to see my multimedia installation And They Called Themselves The Europeans. So I created a short video to give you a sense of what it was like.

And They Called Themselves The Europeans

All Things Being Equal

“The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely”

- Lorraine Hansberry

I often think about the series of choices both profound and small that have brought me to where I am. I spend a great deal of time looking forward so when I do look [...]

Grace

“Grace is to be born and live as variously as possible” Frank O’Hara

I often wonder about the other life I might have led. Would I have been happier with a staff job, in one place? A house, a dog? I doubt it but I often find myself thinking about my other self, the one I’ll [...]

Tied Up In Knots

Constraints are important to artists. As much as we talk about freedom being key to creativity too much of it can leave one equally paralyzed. So when i decided to photograph The Europeans in black and white, using Kodak Tri-X film I knew it would free me as much as it bound me up.

On the [...]

Lines and Lines

For a long time I really liked the Black and white version of this image better.

I wonder if I still do?

Who Wore It Better?

Photographed moments apart in two different ways.

Mayor Job Cohen of Amsterdam in 2005

So close and yet so far apart..

A great example of how a few seconds can make a big difference in terms of the image captured.

Color and Black and White

Over the past decade I’ve often shot color (digitally) and black and white (film) side by side, creating similar images. So I thought it might be interesting to share some similar images shot in these two media.

What do you think about these two?

Of course because they aren’t shot at the same time these images are [...]