I was born in Gretna, La but have lived many places. My love for photography started at around 11 years old, but it wasn't until after college that I began to appreciate the power of photography.
I had the chance to participate in three photographic whale research projects. Here, I learned the basics of printing in a darkroom and in more primitive conditions, in a tent. I became fascinated with printing, anticipating the image forming before my eyes.
Second, while living in L.A. I got a job with master photographic printer, Robert Cavalli. As his only assistant, he introduced me to the magic and manipulation of black and white photography. He was a painter with light and knew the results of all combinations of paper and films and toners and filters. His collaboration as my mentor taught me the joy, possibility, and absolute power of still photography. It was a life changing experience that I will carry for the rest of my life.
While I was working with Robert Cavalli, we began to discuss the possibilities for the process I use today. It has taken me years to perfect the process. It came from the idea of the giant mental image we form when we travel to or through a place. It began when I had to ride trains every day for 150 miles. At the end of each trip, my mind would be filled with a jumble of images on a giant inner canvas. I began to experiment with how to capture it. I call my images "Crossings"