i'm in love with old things. charlie chaplin's city lights. dave brubeck quartet's take five. 1956 chevy nomads. vivian maier's street photography. rusted out neon signs. every 35mm film camera/lens out there. expired film. wurlitzer pianos. i guess i'm an old soul.
i can't explain why but all of these things speak to my soul, my aesthetic, my creativity. i'm inspired by what has come before, by the orphaned and the forgotten, by the things that have survived decades of change. being able to rescue an old camera that is headed for the trash, a lens that is entirely beat up, put a roll of film that should have been disposed of years ago in it and then taking a picture of my kids with it and seeing the beautiful results is when my heart leaps. listening to an entire album that never uses 4/4 time and knowing that it is one of the best selling jazz albums of all time makes me rethink what normal can be. watching a silent black and white film that pulls out all the emotional stops without speaking a single word drives me do better with what i have. staring into the eyes of a person, caught in normal day life by the brilliant eye of a lady who never intended for anyone to see this moment holds me accountable for every image i take.
what inspires you? what guides your creative process?