I first discovered photography I came across an image that was made
in 1916 by Paul Strand. The photograph
is of a
leaning against a drab stone wall, a black knitted scarf is pulled
tightly around her head holding in all but a few wisps of her graying
eyes are cast off in a directionless manner and around her neck hangs
a large white sign with black letters that read ‘blind’.
Years later after my own eyes have viewed and photographed a myriad
of pictures, it is Paul Strand’s ‘Blind Woman’ that
remains with me. Not just because it is a stunning photograph but because
struck by what a privilege sight is. I am saddened by my own and sometimes
the worlds inability to truly see, so it is with the camera that I
stretch my limited vision and force myself to not just look but to
From my extensive travels I hope that some of the photographs that
I have had the good fortune to make somehow honor sight and the
beauty of humanity that the camera allows us to capture.