From and early age I was enamored with the streets. From looking at the buildings and the people who walked them. When I began to study photography I studied everything I could find and read. This was pre-internet which forced me to the library often. I came across a Paul Strand book and he had this amazing portrait of a blind homeless woman that left a lasting impression in my brain.
With anything I photograph I always wish to find something of beauty in my pictures. I was not interested in snapshots or using a long lens from across the street. I needed to get close. I needed to hear their story and document it. I spent hours walking and talking. I never led with the camera. I would always get close, sit down and have a conversation. Only after that time had passed would I bring out the camera and ask for a portrait.