Just your average African American man from the Southeast: the son of an Apostolic Pentecostal preacher from Louisville, KY. My first love was comic books, pro wrestling and sports. I was always a thinker; I questioned and investigated. But I liked creativity, which comic books, wrestlers and athletes have in common. I first picked up a camera at duPont Manual Magnet High School. I had a two-year love affair with a Minolta x370. I learned how to process and develop film as well as many other darkroom techniques that are now done in software packages.
I graduated from the University of Louisville and got a Master’s from the University of Oregon. My background is in Sociology, Statistics, Research Methods, Social Theory, Cultural Theory, Film Theory and Pan African Studies. Even though my training was in the social sciences I kept a fixed eye on art and imagery. I even declared an Art History major briefly. Even when I reverted back to the social science I got A's in art appreciation and art history courses as an undergrad and in film theory courses in graduate school. The visual image was important to me whether it was on the wall or on a screen. Through the years I fell out of love with photography until I bought a Nikon APS camera. I was in love again. Then I got a digital camera and life was good. Until it was stolen. Once again, I am back. This time I plan on keeping the love alive.
My photos say something about me. They say something about you, too. Art at its best reflects real life. My camera will aid me in recording social life, transforming statistics into an image, applying research methods, verifying social theory, detailing cultural life, and documenting black life. Or white life; or brown life; or tan ... . Like the father of modern photojournalism Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “I suddenly understood that a photograph could fix eternity in an instant”. My former pastor said it more simply by asserting, "Take as many pictures as you can. You will never look that same way again". Eternity is one click at a time.
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