Discovering ones sexual abuse by a father is represented by 5 images from grooming, intro to pornography, penetration, dissociation, and shame
Spirituality, especially contemplation and notions of mindfulness play a key role in the process of my work. I do not seek images to capture, I go out waiting for images to form and tacitly desire to be captured. â€œDo I see the image or does it see me?â€ This adage comes out of my philosophical study of Carl Jaspersâ€™s concept of transcendence, Martin Heideggerâ€™s principle regarding the saving power of art, prayer and contemplation. I am deeply influenced by the flat plane images of Abstract Expressionism, the still life photographic work of Edward Weston and Irving Penn; the surrealist works of Phillipe Halsman; and the abstract cityscape work by Aaron Siskind. My older brother Rod, a film student, gave me a Kodak Instamatic in 1967 and parents supplied all the film and processing I wanted. They took me often to the de Young museum in San Francisco and eventually to the MOMA. In 1977, at the age of 20 I began taking my vision seriously shooting my first abstract images while a Theology student at USF. This is where I entered my first photographic contest and took 1st place. In 1981 I dropped out of school, married, moved to Switzerland and began an advertising photography apprenticeship in Zurich. I also spent time at Kunsthaus Zurich looking at modern art. In 1983 I returned to San Francisco and began working with Larry Keenan, working on both a personal and advertising portfolios, during and while opening my own studio working with regional and national brands. I eventually received degrees in Philosophy and Clinical Psychology leading to licensure as a psychotherapist. I have entered the International Photography Award twice with an honorable mentions in 2008 and 2010.