My interest in photography started at
the age of 18, when I inherited a camera that belonged to my older brother. As a California Native growing up in the Central Valley, my desire was to
leave our farm and photograph in an urban environment. I moved to San
Francisco and attended the San Francisco Art Institute in 1977. I was
fascinated by the sense of urgency and how people traversed the city within
each otherís personal space, yet so distant.
At the Art Institute I was exposed to
the likes of Gary Winogrand, Robert Doisneau, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus... to
name a few. I was drawn to their images of mundane gestures captured in
their street scenes. Their compositions expressed a quiet elegance and
slight humor in the simplest form.