Photography, and the entire process of creating images, is an extension of who I am. My images are, hopefully, a window into the world as I see it, how I feel about it, and what affects me. It is a never ending process of exploration, learning, and creating. In all honesty I hope that process never ceases for me. Every day there is something new to see and learn and create. Every day presents opportunity to improve upon what you know, what you do, and what you leave behind. But that is true of everything, not just the photographic process.
I dedicate this image to my first mentor in photography: Mr. Ian Proudfoot. Ian was a retired Royal Air Force photographer who, thankfully, took me under his wing 30 years ago and inspired in me the desire to never stop learning about photography and, therefore, myself.
While I was stationed in England he would regularly meet with me to review images, talk, critique, and push me to “see” more. I will be forever grateful that he was my mentor and my friend.
I am not sure if Ian is with us anymore – we lost touch two decades ago. If he is still alive I would be so proud for him to see where I stand today and that the lessons he taught me are more meaningful than ever before.
Photograph What You Feel