Scratching the Surface, which I have
been creating since 2003, is united by
the relentless search for the meaning of
place and the meticulous investigation
into the surface of things. After 25 years
of making things look “flawless” as an
advertising photographer, I now am
exploring ways to dig deeper than the
surface gloss and reveal richer, more
tactile images that convey my sense of
wonder about the world around me.  
I have always loved the patina of aging
and so I photograph textures constantly,
emphasizing tiny details like rust,
weathered paint, old metal and faded
and discolored paper. Through the
assemblage of this imagery, from the
scratches and distress layers to
combinations of multiple scenic
elements, a derivative image is created
that overlays emotion, history and a
sense of mystery with the scene.
My recent travels to foreign countries
however, have taken this narrative in
a new direction. The uniqueness of
the people as well as the salient
elements of their environments
caused me to create images which
contain a more complete
investigation about the relationship
between these compelling strangers,
their momentary glance in my
direction and the scenes, which
unfold behind them. My technique
stayed the same. I combined images
of the people with multiple scenic
elements and layers of texture and
distress, creating a cinematic scene
that communicates my sense of
wonder at life and where we live it.
Like a painter I am less interested in
the reality of things and more
intrigued with my memories about
them, my daydreams of what they
could become.