I decided to become a street and field photographer in the early 1990s. The images that most greatly influenced my photography and molded my career were very straight forward, direct, “in our face” documentary images from around the world, especially from third world countries. These images told me a story that was bold and powerful. They told the truth, harsh, ugly, or beautiful - they were powerful indictments of the world in which we live. They showed me how cruel, unjust, happy or truly amazing our world can be. I was intensely affected by these images and that feeling motivated me to become a photographer. When I look through my viewfinder, I experience the sense of danger and adventure of feeling other people’s authentic emotions. I feel that I am in the middle of the situation at that moment and through my photography I can freeze that moment in time for the world to see.
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