All of my pictures—whether involving some planned effort or simply taken “on the fly”—reflect my immediate environment and a particular social relationship or multiple, interwoven relationships. And the pictures represent—are synonymous to—my emotional response to this environment/social sphere. Each picture has its own backstory, based on my relationship with the subject(s); the relationship spawns and nurtures the image (or series of images), forming its emotional core.
I know the people in my photos and they know me, and the streets, buildings, etc. in these pictures represent the neighborhood we share. Also, the nature of my relationship with these people determines both the circumstances behind each photograph—the way it’s shot, the setting, etc.— and how it ultimately looks, including its essential feel. I believe that the intimacy and trust I have with the people I photograph is fundamental to why these pictures look the way they do. My basic premise is this: creating intimate pictures requires genuine intimacy—personal/emotional investment in the subject.