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.
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.
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.