For decades I specialized in photographing interior design, spaces and places designed and built for people to live and work in, but my photographs never included people. The spaces I photographed were beautiful and unsullied by the intrusion of the people for which they had been designed. My work presented a perceptual reality that did not include representations of humanity as anything other than an abstraction.
One day, while discussing photographing people in the early days of my career a woman asked if I didn’t like photographing people. My response was that I liked photographing them just fine, it was the jobs I held back then that I didn’t like. My response motivated me to evaluate my priorities, my values, and define a new, radically different direction for my work in the second half of my career.
Now after 32 years of consciously excluding people from my work I am embracing photographing people to the exclusion of all else by working in the headshot genre. In this genre the person, the individual is the totality of the imagery. I use no props and create no narrative within, or context for the imagery. I even minimize clothing and jewelry. The people in my headshots exist in a perceptual, psychological space devoid of any hint of an external reality.
This is a profoundly intimate representation of a person. And I am inspired by that intimacy. When I create headshots I work to communicate my subjects self image, their perception of themselves and how they want to be perceived.
This is a goal worthy of artistic exploration. This is a goal I can dedicate the next 32 years of my life working to achieve.