“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”- Diane Arbus
In this age of celebrity that we live in, I guess I should be more than willing to talk about myself, my roots, my motivation for taking these images, etc, etc. And yes, even my name. I’ll spare you, the reader, most of this because hopefully you’re here to look at the images and not to find out which grade school I attended.
So a few things for themselves.
I love black and white film–always have. Black and white is like an x-ray. It strips away distractions and gets to the essential. This isn’t to say I don’t love color. But looking at a black and white print reveals something hidden or at least attempts to. A black and white print is never reality because we see color. So by taking away something, it reveals something else. Maybe. You be the judge.
I grew up watching old black and white movies. Specifically film-noir. Of course at the time, to a kid, they were just detective stories, crime dramas. Whatever, they were cool. Way too much has been written about film-noir and these photos here are not meant to recreate that “look”. Those movies just took on something special when I was a kid most probably because they were in black and white.
Finally, the why? Why do I take photographs? Maybe it’s what the iconic photographer Garry Winogrand said, “To see how the thing looks on film.”
Enjoy the images.