I started photography when I was very young, around age 9. One of my uncles was a proeminent photographer in the 1960’s and he introduced me to the magic of film development. I remember watching in pure amazement as the images of beautiful women slowly appeared on the silver paper in his basement darkroom. As I grew older, I would follow him in his studio and on location, learning his secrets, learning to respect and understand light, learning to be patient and wait for the right moment.
I got interested in dancers and performers in the 1980’s, after falling in love with a young and very beautiful dancer. I started exploring the subtle ties between emotion and physical expression. There is something in the way we use our bodies to express our feelings that never ceases to amaze me, and I try to capture that in my images.
I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I enjoy making them.
About the icon
This icon is a signature stamp that was given to me by and old Chinese Zen Master I met in the late 1970’s, when I was getting more serious about photography. I had been studying Buddhism and practicing Zen meditation for a few years and I was interested in Chinese tradition. The old man thought that my efforts at becoming a better photographer were consistent with the way of enlightenment, as long as I did it mindfully and with great care. He carved out this stamp from a piece of marble and gave it to me, so that I could use it to sign my work. It has become a legacy from the years I spent observing and learning about light. The ideograms mean “Truth, Light, Life”.
In the 80’s and 90’s, I used to apply the stamp with its special Chinese red ink to every photograph delivered to a client or shown at an exhibition. When I switched to digital in 2005, I scanned the stamp and made a PNG that I overlay on Web images. But if you order a fine-art print, I will still manually apply the stamp to the print before sending it to you.