Each of these photos offers answers to questions unasked.
“Thanks for Looking” is a collection of (mostly) unpublished photographs I made just off to the side of what was supposed to be the main attraction. As a daily news stringer and freelance commercial photographer, I’m lucky to provide a livelihood for my family with my camera, but I’m also at the mercy of the assignment gods. Often, I find that the photos I care most about—that feel most powerful and truthful and interesting—are of no interest to the editors who send me out to make them.
With a camera and a credential, doors swing wide and so I try not to take for granted the enormously privileged position in which I find myself, making the most of the permission to poke my nose where it doesn’t belong, relishing intimate interactions with strangers. I hope to make deliberate and thoughtful photographs of the people I meet, preserving a bit of the fleeting electric feeling between us.
Each of these photos offers answers to questions unasked. These moments need photographing. They offer a view askew of the under-noticed magic essential to making up the bigger Whatever.