"I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs," Winogrand. Photography and cooking are very similar: you mix fresh ingredients with a recipe that you’ve found and tweaked to meet your tastes; there’s timing, temperature, technique, tools; put it all together in the right order and with a little flair and you have a sumptuous dish. With any recipe there is usually one or two ingredients that make the difference. With gumbo it’s the rue: no rue, no gumbo.
At this point in my photography, I know the mix of ingredients that I enjoy, I have the tools that I’m most comfortable with and a recipe; I’ve tweaked the recipe and will continue to do so based on where I am in my life, the environment and how I feel, the rue. As my favorite photographer always says, “You have to shoot for the way it feels, not the way it looks,” Spelman.
My viewfinder is a container that I fill with objects, both animate & inanimate, along with the intervening space. I photograph to reveal to myself what the world feels like, photographed.