These are just some of the exciting mishaps and adventures (OK, mostly mishaps) that I'm excited to share with you in a new section to my Web site - Behind the Images.
I debated this for a while. Should I, shouldn't I...well, yes won out. Why the hesitation in sharing snippets of my process and experiences? For that very reason - they're my experiences.
It has always been important to me that my images to stand on their own and to speak for themselves. That's one of the reasons I always encourage visitors to my site to view the image large, and the same reason 24x36 prints have more impact than 4x6s - it's about visual impact.
While my photos say one thing to me, they may speak to you in an entirely different way.
Vincent LaForet wrote on his blog last week about a meeting with James Nachtwey, in which, during a portfolio review, Nachtwey told a student, "I’m afraid that these pictures don’t tell me anything about who you are” - and dismissed the student. It is my sincere hope that by reading my Behind The Image snippets you can learn a little about who I am.
Take the time, for example that I got in a fight with the Atlantic Ocean in December, or that other time I climbed a girder on the Brooklyn Bridge...
Special thanks to Velvet for editing my comments. :-)