Once I begin, I can be obsessive in my search for these stories, all the details, and the images that will portray them. Everywhere I look is a potential scene and my mind creates a visual of what I want the final image to look like. The camera settings and the act of making the image is second nature and works together to recreate the mental image I see. My conscious mind is free to interact with the subject and observe the surroundings, moving the subject, positioning myself, inspecting every detail of the scene and analyzing everything around it.
Authenticity is important. These are not my stories, these are the stories of others that I am able to make. The connection between me and a subject needs to be deep enough that when you see the image, I am forgotten, and you feel the connection is a personal, intimate connection directly with you. I strive to capture emotion, and find, any emotion is a powerful addition and a key to my images.