Community is central to my life and art. I am repeatedly driven to step into the “town square” to engage in the work of making my community a better place. And every time I venture out with my camera, I carry with me that core impulse. I am also a fifth-generation Georgian – actually a fifth-generation Jewish Georgian – and the rich complexities of the American South, and of being a minority in the South, shape me and my art. History and culture, geography and race, tradition and conflict, injustice and progress… these entangled strands I carry with me as well.
The subjects and stories to which my eye is drawn are shaped by these foundational forces. To them I bring my aesthetic, which is quite structured. My early influences were not photographic. Rather they came from painting and collage: Pablo Picasso’s composition; Edward Hopper’s light; Louise Nevelson’s rhythm. These and others helped me develop the creative language for my own work: line, pattern, color, movement, balance.
And there is also storytelling, with its fertile tradition in both Southern and Jewish cultures. I relish the power of story. Each photograph I make contains embedded narrative, and each represents a coming together of curiosity, discovery, creativity and joy.