I was a teacher in Lawrence, MA for 5 years. During this time I had the privilege of becoming friends with kids who faced untiring challenges with amazing levels of confidence and grace.
How We are Caught
How We are Caught is about a woman from Haverhill, Massachusetts named Paulette Brooks. Paulette is a mother, a lover, a prostitute, and a drug addict. For the past twenty years I have tried to create images that convey the dangers of being trapped by stereotypes and thinking that we are immune to the experiences of others.
The handwriting is Paulette's commentary on my photographs.
Yet to Come
These images are from Valley Lodging in Lawrence, MA. The title, "Yet to Come" comes from the words a kid named Shamus wrote on a drawing he gave me of a compass. Shamus gave me one hell of a gift as the image of a compass and the phrase, "Yet to Come" encapsulates the life and lifestyle of the lodging house residents that I had the privilege of photographing.
Last Day at Lincoln House Point
These photos are of my friend Heather wearing my grandmother's clothes in my grandmother's home right before it was sold. My grandmother had deep love for her home and loved beautiful clothes.
I could have hired a model for this shoot, but Heather had a genuine affection for my grandmother's clothing and more importantly has a striking resemblance to the way my grandmother looked as a young woman.
Michael & Valerie's House
Michael and Valerie live down the street from me on Plum Island. I've admired their house from the outside for years. Luckily I struck up a good conversation with Michael at the atm a while back and asked if I could come over to photograph.
Creating these images brought me great peace and comfort. Michael and Valerie are two beautiful people who have a created a beautiful home that is a clear and strong representation of love and individuality.
Thor Thurston's House
Thor's been living on Plum Island for a long time. He's sailed the word, had a few lovers, and collected lots of great stuff along the way. Now he's settled down a bit. He enjoys gardening with his wife and selling antique rugs.
When I'm in Thor's house I sometimes have to remind myself that I'm in a house fastened to a piece of land and not on a boat on its way to another adventure.
A couple of years ago my friends Mindi and Phin commissioned an Amish family to build a barn on their property. The cooperation, skill, respect, and love that was demonstrated was astounding. These attributes remain alive and well as the barn is now a gathering place for family and friends and a sanctuary for all of Mindi and Phin's passions.
All I know about motorcycles is that I know I love the way they look. So these images are meant to pay tribute to the craftsmanship and details that I admire for no other reason than the way they look.
The endless and abundant beauty that I have access to every day is behind all that I am and all that I do.
To me, fashion is about the ability to withstand time and the ability to blend into natural environments. Nothing does this better than well worn denim.