I started out as a print journalist for newspapers. I see the world in terms of a story.
I’m 56 years old and I’ve started asking myself the question, how do I want to spend the rest of my life? If I’m not making a change now, when will I?
Last summer, I made a change. I took a couple of classes at the International Center for Photography. Working with film and images gave me a chance to realized that I’m a storyteller. I really enjoy collaborating with the people I am photographing, whether I’m at a wedding or a communion.
I look at things as a documentary photographer would. I’ve learned to see beauty in the ordinary and in the everyday. This helps to elevate and challenge me as a storyteller. I’m resetting myself as a photographer that tells a story in a different way.
Before my mother passed away, I took a few videos of her talking when she could. I treasure those. I never anticipated how much I was going to crave wanting to see her. That stage of her life was as much part of her story as all of the living that came before it. And now, I want to work on projects like that. I suspect there are a lot of people in the world who have someone dying, someone being born or someone that is special and they want that person recorded. I want to do that for them.