My work is about curiosity, and about seeking out connections with people I might otherwise not meet or relate to. I mostly photograph people I don't know: some by prior arrangement, and some spontaneously. I have a somewhat romantic hope that it's possible to find common ground with most of my fellow humans, and this motivates my projects. Having moved around a lot after a geographically stable upbringing, I have a chronic sense of disconnectedness, which is also an important factor in my work.
Photography is the most democratic medium‹everyone and everything is photographable, interesting, and potentially beautiful. There is a dearth of images of real people in popular culture and even to some extent in visual art. I think of my photographs as commemorative portraits of everyday people.
I have always been interested in how social differences inform American life, and how the spatial tensions between people play out in private and public spaces. Although my approach to photography is documentary-inspired, I often establish narratives or pose visual connections between people and environments which did not occur in real time and space. The results are a hybrid of truth and subjectivity.