CUBA 1995-96 I made my first trip to Cuba in March 1995. At that time the island nation had recently emerged from the 'special period', a time of severe economic hardship brought on by the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In 1995 and during two trips I made in 1996 life in Cuba was hard but the people maintained a collective positive spirit. Photos taken during this time reflect this dichotomy.

SIBERIA My interest in the Khanty of Siberia began in 1997 when I accompanied a group of Navajo students from Monument Valley, Utah to the village of Kazym in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. What I found was a group of indigenous people still largely dependent on the natural environment, despite decades of Soviet rule and the threat of oil development. In 1999 I made three trips to the region with the support of an Alicia Patterson Fellowship and in 2000 I returned for Smithsonian Magazine. In all I have visited Kazym ten times. While the resulting photos present a visual accounting of the Khanty people, it also speaks of the iconic nature of life in Siberia.
WORLD VIEWS Thanks to a variety of assignments, I have traveled to numerous locales in many parts of the world. In doing so I have enjoyed witnessing the goings-on of peoples vastly different from myself. And, while, much of what I photographed was for clients, I have also managed to make images which hold more personal meanings. The definition of "world view" runs something like: "the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world." These photos attempt to present my interpretation of the world as I have seen it.
DRY LANDS Having lived in the American Southwest most of my life, I have long relished visits to the region's desert lands. Admittedly, these trips often resulted from a desire to escape wintertime temperatures. But my time spent there has also allowed for the exploration of the visual possibilities that an arid land bathed with incredible light affords. Details are precise, lines are definitive and colors can be subtle or bold, or both simultaneously.
JUXTAPOSED The idea of placing one image next to another opens up some interesting creative processes. In one sense, displaying different versions of the same scene side by side can inject a sense of time to the finished image. In other instances, such as the "Sguares" series, the presentation of different thumbnail images in a single montage allows for comparisions which can be either random or related. In so doing, it embraces a pop art quality. Many of these component images were collected with a point and shoot camera. And one theme shown here arose during a remodeling project that I undertook on a 1886 home.
   

 

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