"You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved." - Ansel Adams
"Since my subjects have always been my sensations, my states of mind and the profound reaction that life has been producing in me, I have frequently objectified all this in figures of myself, which were the most sincere and real things that I could do in order to express what I felt inside and outside my self." - Frida Kahlo
I used to be a camera. Now I am a picture (now I am really both).
I started doing nude photography of female models in 1978. As a photographer (being the camera) I was, like those who viewed my pictures, a voyeur of other's (the model's) being seen - their physicality, their sensuality, their feelings.
Most of my life I have avoided pictures being made of me. I have modeled for only a very few others - painters, and photographers for music recording releases. I never thought about being a model, a visible subject, content, or a picture.
Beginning in 2003, I became my own life's model In some of my works. Being not only a photographer but a subject, a picture. After only making pictures of someone else, or something else, to represent or portray my seeing and feeling, I began using my own image, my (naked) self, and my own relation to photography, nature, art, and to picture world, as subject and content. Individual feeling and meaning. Changing my sensual and emotional distance. Being seen, first as a tiny figure in large landscapes (some early light in the silence); then closer to the camera (and viewer) with models (artifacts of desire, and other works) and alone in studio self portraits created by myself or with the help of other models or assistants (reflections of solitude).
The natural history of picture world - art, life, seeing, and sensual presence are all re- framed by electronic world media.
Living inside picture world.
In a world of seeing (looking).
I am my own life's model.
The feeling and the meaning.
More light than heat.