I took my first self-portrait in 1962 in a hotel room in Baltimore, Maryland. I caught a foul ball at a baseball game and decided to take a photo of myself contemplating my prize, which unfortunately did not come out in the photo; instead you see just me looking down at the ball in my hands. I don’t remember how I set up this photo, if I had a timer or a tripod. But I do know how much has changed in the 59 years since that photograph was taken.
Since that selfie back in 1962, I've become aware of the beauty in the world which I took for granted all these years. I like to photograph people, nature, sunsets, shadows created by celestial bodies, and man-made structures. The thing I like most about photography is the ability to stop time. I prefer to take pictures of people in their natural habitat, going about their business, because of the purity in the nature of the task. I find these images more interesting to look back on after many years have passed. Photography has taught me to be patient and to become cognizant of the beauty in the mundane.
COVID-19 has forced us all to stop and it’s been a real drag! I’ve occupied most of my time rearranging things in my apartment, listening to music, catching up with friends, and taking photographs, of course. Taking photos has been my escape to a happier, simpler time. I am an introverted extrovert, and photography has helped me cope with distance and detachment.