Influence

I was just barely twenty when I discovered Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation. Like many others at that age I was blown away and quickly began to consume as much of their writing as I could get my hands on. I was about halfway through The Dharma Bums when I became so moved by what I was reading that I put down the book and typed a letter to Allen Ginsberg asking if we could meet. It was not a novel idea but at the time I felt like I had to try. Like many people before me I had felt an uncontrollable urge to connect with someone that seemed to be speaking directly to my soul. A week later I missed a phone call from him but soon found a postcard in my mailbox with a proposed meeting date. Since that time I have from time to time reached out to individuals that have shaped my view of the world, either artistically, through music or poetry, or by expanding my understanding of the world and even of myself. As a photographer I sometimes think of myself as a collector, and ultimately these portraits are just another collection. A collection of people that influence me and who have each, in their own unique way, illuminated some dark corner of our collective conscious.

Errol Morris, Cambridge, MA, 2017

Errol Morris, Cambridge, MA, 2017

Thich Naht Hanh, Plum Village, France, 2004

Thich Naht Hanh, Plum Village, France, 2004

Patch Adams, Virginia, 2003

Patch Adams, Virginia, 2003

Noam Chomsky, Cambridge, MA, 2002

Noam Chomsky, Cambridge, MA, 2002

David Byrne, Archa Theatre, Prague, 2001

David Byrne, Archa Theatre, Prague, 2001

Jane Goodall, Brussels, 2001

Jane Goodall, Brussels, 2001

Anne Waldman, Prague, 2001

Anne Waldman, Prague, 2001

Eugene Richards, Maine, 1999

Eugene Richards, Maine, 1999

Ken Kesey, Oregon, 1998

Ken Kesey, Oregon, 1998

Rodriguez, Detroit, MI, 1997

Rodriguez, Detroit, MI, 1997

Bob Weir, State Theatre, Detroit, MI, 1997

Bob Weir, State Theatre, Detroit, MI, 1997

Allen Ginsberg, Ypsilanti, MI, 1996

Allen Ginsberg, Ypsilanti, MI, 1996