My porch images fall into two categories, personality and simple asthetics. Some are a small but extremely public peek into people’s lives, they are a reflection of their personality. Others have beauty in the simplicity of their design.
Working as a newspaper photographer we often had go out and search for photos for the front page if we didn’t have a news or other photo. I quickly learned to look past the ordinary, to find the unique. This skill has stayed with me through the years and it is where most if these images come from.
Although I am not a religious person there was something about rural churches that appeals to me. I know these are an important part of the community, there is an incredible amount of local history in each one. Not only history but the story of the local culture as well.
In 2001 a couple of months after the attacks fellow photographer Andy Pauquette and I rented a red Sebring convertible and headed from Wichita, Kansas to Los Angeles to explore Route 66, the Mother Road. With a Nikon 995 and a 128mb compact flash card I ended my shooting hiatus.
Although they are some of my least seen images these are my favorites. I enjoy shooting people in their environment doing their thing. My goal is to capture a bit of who the person is, to photography their personality. These images are family, friends and people I have met in my travels.