A Long Time Ago


O nce upon a time I lived in Los Angeles. My habit of wandering around began years before, but it was revived when I lived there, this time in color. I was looking around on Sunday near what was then called, “The Blue Whale,” when I saw it. A 1930s gas station. It was stillContinue reading “A Long Time Ago”

Goin’ Back


G oing back even further. Back to around 1980 to be exact. Back to a time when pictures were made on film. Black and white film called Tri-X. Its ISO was 400 but it could be manipulated in exposure and development. I’d like to say that those were the days. But, they weren’t. I workedContinue reading “Goin’ Back”

Thinking About The Future


The future. Not so far in the future. Maybe just up to Mardi Gras parade time. Anything more would be wasted because as a not-so-wise boxer once said, “You can make all the plans that you want, but once you get punched in the face all the plans go out the window.” That’ll happen withContinue reading “Thinking About The Future”

Back To It


A lot of firsts. As I work through my archives and share newly “found” images with you, I realized that you are seeing a lot of firsts. A few days ago, you saw my first New Orleans picture. Today you are seeing my first Mardi Gras picture. I made this picture in 1999. On film.Continue reading “Back To It”

Old Shanghai


More tinkering. I think, for the foreseeable future, this is where I’m headed. I like the notion of bringing more to a photograph than just pushing the button and letting digital processes do all the rest. This feels like my version of photography. Something a little ephemeral. But, at the same time tangible. Something thatContinue reading “Old Shanghai”

And In The End


Boom. Boom. Boom. Bang. Bang. Bang. The beat. In the groove. Keeping time. He was very, very good at it. I photographed this young musician in Winston-Salem. North Carolina. The assignment, as I recall, was great fun. Technically, this is my way of bringing the studio with me. It’s also my way of being aContinue reading “And In The End”

Bad Weather


Bad weather. I like working in it. Rain. Snow. Slush. Ice. Even wind. I often quote National Geographic’s Sam Abell who said, “When the weather turns bad, the pictures get good.” I probably live in a good place for that. Although we don’t often get snow or ice in New Orleans, we do get a lot of rain. MistyContinue reading “Bad Weather”

Long Ago. Far Away.


A long time ago. In Blacksburg, Virginia. 1980 to be exact. I have a lot of thoughts about this picture. First, I took it just as my time in Virginia was coming to an end. Second, everybody in the picture including these boys’ moms who are cropped out in the background, knew I took theContinue reading “Long Ago. Far Away.”

Shepherd in the Desert


A long time ago. In the Arizona desert. Here’s how it goes. After we left the South — the first time — we moved back to California. Eventually, I went back to school. I changed my career path. I went from taking pictures to editing. I managed other photographers. I worked with them to produceContinue reading “Shepherd in the Desert”