everyone, and thank you for taking the time to view my photographs.
those who are curious, one of the reasons I came into photography
was partly due to my father's desire to document our extended
family life. After eating a big Italian meal and having a nice
hot bath, I would often sit together with my family on a Sunday
night and look at the family snapshots that my father created.
We called them "the family cartoons".
I remember most vividly is the feeling of comfort and security
I experienced as a child when we would turn off all the lights,
fire up the slide projector, and spend a couple of hours laughing
at each other, or missing those family members who had moved
away or died but revisited us through those slides. I can still
feel the emotions as if it were yesterday.
along the line, I made the decision to live my life making pictures.
The decision came to me about twenty-five years ago. While many
things have changed in my life, the one thing that hasn't changed
is the comfort and security I experience in looking at, and
in making my own images.
images are very personal. They reveal me in ways that I understand,
as well as conceal me in ways I don't understand. Once an image
is made, I can always go back to it, and, when I'm ready, see
what has been concealed from me. Photography is a patient medium.
It truly is a very fortifying and humbling experience to look
at a portfolio I made twenty years ago, or even a year ago,
and have access to parts of myself that I didn't have a clue
existed when I made the images.
is my hope that you, the viewer of my photographs, will find
a connection to something personal within yourselves, and in
doing so, connect with something within me.