WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am a freelance photographer and social justice activist living in San Francisco. I have been here since I was 19 years old, I am 58 now. I am a Capricorn, born December 23, 1954 in upstate New York. I am interested in all things relating to the human condition but have focused most of my adult life photographing the journey of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
It has been a pleasure and a joy to be a vessel for this work. I feel a deep metaphysical connection to the LGBT civil rights movement. I am attracted to the theatrical and the poetic in life.
WHY ARE YOU DOING IT?
One goal is to create a better and harm free world for LGBT people and their allies everywhere. On a poetic level, I want to leave a mark on the cave wall of time and inspire those who come upon it in the future, just as those who have done so before me have inspired me to be creative and to capture ideas in photographs that question the staus quo and inspire action.
WHAT / WHO INFLUENCES YOU?
My influences are constantly changing… its a veritable revolving door of inspiration. I feel its important to remain organic with regard to who moves you and why. Harvey Milk, one of my mentors is an obvious person to cite, his speeches resonate susinctly today as they did when he first gave them in the 70′s. In music I am inspired by politicized artists such as Laurie Anderson and Sia and Massive Attack as well as meditative Spiritually based musical artists such as Dead Can Dance. In photography right now I am looking at Diane Arbus’ work again because of her recently published journal entries, (she has always been a strong influence).
I am also currently looking at the photography of Erwin Olaf and Alessandra Sanguinetti who are both astounding. In painting it’s Vali Myers, in performance its, Marina Abromovic´and Zhang Huan, in writing its Laura Albert aka J.T. Le Roy. They are all people who have moved me tremendously.
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t take time to see what others are doing creatively, it feeds my own soul in substantial ways. I would hate it if my own work was all that resided in my own head. Though the walls of my home are filled with art, I have almost none of my own work up because it already takes up so much space in my own head. I need inspiration from other sentient and creative beings, I crave community and family as much as I desire to refine my own creative identity.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?
My main goal now besides improved self care and physical longevity is positing my photographic work in history in a tangible way through publishing books of my work. I would like others to benefit from my journey. If that doesn’t happen for some reason, – so be it.
I have had an amazing and vibrant life…. but I would like that to happen. It’s all so subjective isn’t it? But I feel you still have to try to put forth your work historically, otherwise it won’t stand a chance to have lasting positive emotional value.