By training and by profession, I am a psychotherapist who focuses on interpersonal trauma. I have always been interested in photography as a visual extension of my interest in people and how they interact in their world. As a child, my father’s photography functioned as our family diary – and was for me a continual source for validation, renewal and questioning.
I have been shooting seriously for about three years and have had three shows (two solo and one, group) in Stockholm, in Missoula, Montana USA and in Bucharest. I have taken two photography workshops with award-winning photographer, Jon Kral, but otherwise have taught myself and benefitted substantially from various on-line critique communities. I have published in two competitive international street photography compilations and in 2016, I received first place for my submission in the “Hometown” L.A. Photo Curator competition, judged by photographer Barbara Peacock.
Having first deepened my experience with photography while living abroad and through extensive and sometimes exotic travel, the goal of my photographic work is quite different from my professional work. In photography, my relationship to people is not about dialogue or intervention, but about creating a frame of seeing and allowing the moment to be what it is. As much about the process as about the shot, photography allows me to appreciate quickly, let go swiftly, and remain marginal — precisely the opposite of a good psychotherapeutic connection. I often use black and white in order to distill the essence of interactions.
While I am often drawn to more anonymous street photography, my work has more recently been more personal and interior. Engaging, as I have been, in activism work since the Trump election in the USA — photography has provided me a way back to the quiet, the reflective, the more intimate.
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