Quiet stories, outtakes, field poetry, exploration, surprise encounters. On foot, living the questions.
Coffee with Pierre Spitaly
Of Thirst and Revelation
Jeunes et Fauchés
Most of these early photographs were made from 1996-2001, a time when I was learning a lot first hand and photography was still all discovery; I had yet to do an assignment or publish a photo. I just wanted to make pictures of people I loved or friends I wanted to remember. I was making up my life as I went along, without a prescribed path to follow. I am still doing this. I used to be very nostalgic, I'm not so much anymore. Carole Maso in a book of essays talks about the camera as a "nostalgia machine". I like this, but only as in Kundera: “The Greek word for "return" is nostos. Algos means "suffering." So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.”
Now I see photography as a way to focus intensely on the Present moment as it unfolds, which is all that really exists.
And I think of photography as Kapuscinski thought of writing: "Sometimes, in describing what I do, I resort to the Latin phrase silva rerum - the forest of things, as I've seen it, living and traveling in it. To capture the world you have to penetrate it as completely as possible. As a writer, you have experienced this event in your own skin, and it is your experience…that gives your story its coherence - it is what is at the center of the forest of things. It is terribly important to have what I write authenticated by its being lived. You could call it, I suppose, personal reportage, because the author is always present. I call it literature by foot."