Imogen Cunningham is another photographer from whom I draw inspiration. In addition to her flower photos, her still lifes, particularly the unmade bed with hair pins scattered atop the sheet, is one of my favorite images.
There are some images that, for whatever reason, sink into the psyche. Wright Morris’s work, his extraordinary presentations of the ordinary, informs and inspires my own work. He not only takes beautiful photographs, he combines them with text in his novel, The Home Place, which is where his image of silverware in a drawer can be found.
Sometimes keeping a camera handy pays off. I shot this hummingbird through the living room window late one afternoon when the sun was angled just so, illuminating the bird and the bee balm while the background remained in shade.
In the age of selfies, I’m exploring what I call the “anti-selfie,” or an image that involves more interior than exterior portraiture. The purpose of the anti-selfie is not to take a picture of oneself with a celebrity or at some event, but to capture an expression of one’s interiority.