I’m always going on and on about the moments and I how it so important to me to give you a real comprehensive look of the time in your life. The way the kids made that crazy face only they could make or the way your new spouse looked as you came down the aisle. But just as important to me is the location and my love affair with the midwest. And all things midwest, not just the “little house on the prairie” look we are known for but the pavement and urbanity in KCMO, the streets of Strawberry Hill where my studio sits. The location/environment is the like the third party in a trifecta of influence in the way I think and create.
Frank lives on a seemingly mundane suburban street at the end of a block in Western Wyandotte county. But the house sits at the edge of a field, the end of the development. I had been there to shoot sister Zoey’s newborn photos and as I was driving out there I was imagining them playing tag in that field, or baseball or looking for insects. It’s going to be awhile before they are running that field and they may even move but that’s what those first flashes of memory will hold for those babies–that field, their room, sitting on mom and dad’s bed.
NPR was interviewing David Crosby and he is still creating music as he looks over the hills/mountain ranges in his Northern CA ranch. I think how those hills and views affect his music. Think of all the great art that was influenced by the nature and environment around them. But what I love about photographing people is that it’s not only what influences me that is so intriguing but what influences my subject. I love going out to the country and finding a field that speaks to a senior then the next day being in the heart of the downtown near an old warehouses. That field at the edge of Frank’s house is not he prettiest field ever but it’s their field. If you are wanting to shoot in studio then I imagine the colors you like and an image on your wall. Your family are your greatest pieces of art, we are making history and you just tell me where.The curl