"We should be photographing two things. The things that should be put right and the things that should be appreciated.” —Lewis Hine


I spent years of my life accommodating and acquiescing, anxiously trying to please others to gain approval, trying to fill some void deep inside.

And now, I am working on knowing myself. Part of this process is developing a personal ethos. So this manifesto is a work-in-progress.

I believe in fewer, better things.

I seek to look more deeply, think more expansively, become more sensitive, and try to see things from a different point of view.

I believe that photography is a pursuit of understanding.

I believe in a culture of color, and softened stillness, and words like beauty, solitude, romance, joy, wistfulness, hope and melancholy.

I believe that sad-beautiful is at the heart of meaning.

I value hope, humor, and empathy in a photograph.