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 other’s 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.
Kids at Work was photographed over a period of 30 years, from 1975 to 2005. I have found that there is a constant running theme of photographs in my collection of images; Kids in the working environment. I grew up on a farm, in the Calif. Central Valley and it was common that kids grew up working on their family farms.
However, in developing countries it can be a bit more intense. In many cases children seem to be content and feel a complete sense of self-confidence and responsibility when contributing to their family's sustainability.